Dust Control

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The City of Palm Springs Dust Control requirements and guidelines fall under the jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. SCAQMD was created by the state legislature to facilitate compliance with the federal Clean Air Act and to implement the state air quality program. Under the federal Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to develop health-based air quality standards applying to all of the states. SCAQMD is committed to undertaking all necessary steps to protect public health from air pollution, with sensitivity to the impacts of its actions on the community and businesses.

Under both federal and state law, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is under a legal obligation to make and enforce air pollution regulations. These regulations are primarily meant to ensure that the surrounding (or ambient) air will meet federal and state air quality standards. However, SCAQMD also has broad authority to regulate toxic and hazardous air emissions, and these regulations are enforced in the same manner as those which pertain to the ambient air quality standards.

PM10 refers to small suspended particulate matter, 10 microns or less in diameter, which can enter the lungs. These small particles can be directly emitted into the atmosphere as a by-product of fuel combustion; through abrasion, such as wear on tires or brake linings; or through wind erosion of soil. They can also be formed in the atmosphere through chemical reactions. The particles may carry carcinogens and other toxic compounds, which stick to the particle surfaces and can enter the lung. PM10 is reduced directly by controls on fugitive dust and indirectly by controls on all other pollutants which contribute to the formation of particles.

Air pollution violations may result in either criminal or civil liability. Criminal cases must be handled by state, county or city attorneys. In deciding whether to refer a case for criminal prosecution, SCAQMD will consider such factors as the type and severity of the violation, the state of mind of the violator, and the harm or risk of harm to the public created by the violation. Criminal penalties are contained in California Health and Safety Code sections 42400, 42400.1, 42400.2, 42400.3, 42400.3.5, and 42400.4. Civil penalties can range from $1000 to $75,000 a day depending on the type and severity of the violation.

For additional information visit the SCAQMD website.


The links below will open PDF versions of the PM10 Guidelines and Applications for the City of Palm Springs as part of the entitlement process for construction of their single-family, multi-family or commercial developments.

1. Click on link desired to open file.

2. Print out applications or forms

3. Fill out the application in its entirety by a Certified Dust Control Specialist.

4. Submit to the Public Works Engineering Department.

Any questions regarding the applications or forms can be answered by the City Dust Control Inspector, Mike Lytar at 760.323.8253 Ext. 8734.

Guidelines and Applications for Projects Less Than 10 Acres (23 Pgs.)

Guidelines and Applications for Projects 10 Acres or Greater (42 Pgs.)

Daily Self-Inspection Record Keeping - AM HOURS

Daily Self-Inspection Record Keeping - PM HOURS

Dust Suppressant Record Keeping Form

Construction Recycling Brochure



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