Idaho Environmental Guide for Local Governments: Permit to Construct
An air quality permit to construct (PTC) is required before constructing or modifying buildings, structures, or installations that emit or may emit pollutants into the air.
Why Communities Should Care
According to the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (Section 201) "No owner or operator may commence construction or modification of any stationary source, facility, major facility, or major modification without first obtaining a permit to construct from the Department..."
When scheduling timelines for project development, cities and counties should keep in mind that a PTC may be required for certain projects.
What Communities Can Do
Prior to project approval, request that project information specify which requirements under IDAPA 58.01.01.201 apply and whether the project requires a PTC.
DEQ recommends that, as a condition of project approval, cities and counties require applicants to contact DEQ for permit applicability determination on any proposal to ensure compliance with the rules.
Plan ahead by understanding the type and amount of pollutants that will be emitted into the air from a project. Local governments should have an understanding of the pollutants and processes that are not regulated or exempted under the rules.
Local governments have the authority to implement ordinances that help prevent air pollutants beyond state and federal laws and regulations. Determine what is best for the health and welfare of the community.