How Do I Apply for a Permit?

APCD issues several different types of permits. The application process for each type of permit is different. For information on how to apply for a permit, select the type of permit you need from the list below.

Emissions Based Permits
Gasoline Dispensing Facility Permits
Asbestos Removal Permits
Open Burning Permits

If you don’t know which type of permit you need, or are unsure if you need a permit, see the Do I Need A Permit page or call APCD at (502) 574-6000.


Emissions Based Permits

Industrial and commercial sources of air pollution generally require an emission based permit. If you think you need an emission based permit you must submit the appropriate permit application (available from APCD), either by mail or in person. Permit application forms are available on APCD’s website. Applications should be directed to the Air Pollution Control District, 850 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204-1745.

An engineer will be assigned to review the application and will contact you regarding any additional information needed to complete the process of issuing a permit. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (502) 574-6000.

What Happens When I Submit a Permit Application?

APCD must:

  1. Receive the permit application
  2. Conduct a technical review of the application to determine that proposed equipment will be built and operated consistent with APCD regulations and policies
  3. Issue a construction or operating permit authorizing the company to install or operate equipment
  4. Inspect the facility to verify that equipment has been installed or is being operated in compliance with all applicable requirements
  5. Ensure the performance of tests to demonstrate compliance with emission standards

How Long Does It Take to Process the Application?

Generally, the time required to process the application ranges from several days to six months or more depending upon the complexity of the application as well as the type of permit that will be required. The following variables also affect the processing time:

  • Completeness, correctness and thoroughness of application
  • Public participation requirements
  • Number of permit applications ahead of yours
  • Number of applicable requirements and federal rules 

What Can I Do to Expedite the Permit Application Review Process?

A common cause for delay in the permit application review process is incomplete or missing forms and additional information (not requested in the application forms) necessary for permit evaluation. The following briefly identifies things you can do to expedite the permit application review process:

  • Make sure all requested information is provided and all of the required application pages are submitted.
  • Don't forget to have the application signed and dated by appropriate personnel.
  • Include any necessary information such as emission calculations, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), modeling reports, stack test data, etc.
  • Respond promptly if your assigned engineer has requested additional information.
  • Include a suggested draft permit.
  • Periodically, call your assigned engineer and inquire about the status of your application.

Gasoline Dispensing Facility Permits

How Do I Get a Permit?

The permit application for gasoline dispensing facilities (APCD Form 201D) is available on our website and at the APCD office. Complete the application and:

  • Mail it to 850 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204;
  • Fax it to (502) 574-5607;
  • Email it; or
  • Hand deliver it to the APCD office.

What Happens With My Permit Application?

An APCD Specialist will review the permit application for accurate and complete information. All questions on your application should be answered. If you are not sure how to fill out your application, please call APCD at (502)574-6000 and someone will assist you.

After your application is reviewed, an APCD inspector will check your facility to ensure that proper equipment in place and operating. An additional inspection and/or testing may be necessary in some cases prior to APCD issuing a permit. APCD will inform you in advance if this is the case for your facility.

How Long Does It Take to Receive My Permit?

Generally, APCD can process your application within 2 to 4 weeks if all of the information is correct and complete. The permit and invoice will be sent to you by mail.

Is There a Fee?

There is a permit fee based on the type of equipment (Stage I or Stage II) and the number of gasoline dispensers at your facility. The total fee will be determined when APCD receives your application.

How Long Does the Permit Last?

Operating permits are generally issued for a 5 year period.

Asbestos Removal Permits

How Do I Know I Need a Permit?

If you are disturbing or removing asbestos-containing material from any structure besides your own home, you need a permit. Also, anytime you are demolishing a building you will likely need to send in a notification and may need a permit to remove asbestos before the demolition.

How Do I Get a Permit?

The permit application for asbestos removal (APCD Form 272) is available on our website and at the APCD office. Complete the application and:

  • Mail it to 850 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204;
  • Fax it to (502) 574-5607;
  • Email it; or
  • Hand deliver it to the APCD office.

What Happens With My Permit Application?

The APCD staff will review the permit application for accurate and complete information. All questions on your application should be answered. If you are not sure how to fill out your application, please call APCD at (502) 574-6000 and someone will assist you.

After your application is reviewed, an APCD inspector will check your facility to ensure that proper equipment in place and operating. An additional inspection and/or testing may be necessary in some cases prior to APCD issuing a permit. APCD will inform you in advance if this is the case for your project.

How Long Does It Take to Receive My Permit?

Generally, APCD can process your application within 5 days if all of the information is correct and complete. The permit and invoice will be sent to you by mail. You cannot begin your project prior to the effective date on your permit.

Is There a Fee?

There is a permit fee based on the type and amount of material being removed, as well as the method of removal. There is no fee if the project involves demolition only with no asbestos removal/disturbances. The total fee will be determined when APCD receives your application.

How Long Does the Permit Last?

Permits are project specific and are good for the amount of time requested on your application.

What If I Need to Make Changes to the Permit Application?

You are required to submit revisions to your application prior to any changes occurring at the project site. Please contact APCD at (502) 574-6000 for information regarding any changes to your permit application.

Open Burning Permits

How do I know I need a permit?

Open burning is prohibited in Jefferson County unless you have a permit or permission from APCD.

How do I get a permit?

The following permit applications for open burning are available on our website and at the APCD office.

  • Rec Fire App
  • Ag Burn App
  • Fire Training App

Complete the application and:

  • Mail it to 850 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204;
  • Fax it to (502) 574-5607;
  • Email it; or
  • Hand deliver it to the APCD office.

Which Permit Application do I need?

The most common open burning permit issued is for recreational fires. These are generally for cookouts, parties, and events. You will need the Rec Fire App for this type of open burning. If you plan to clear land for agricultural purposes, you may need the Ag. Burn App. The Fire Training App is for fire departments and companies that are conducting fire safety training for employees.

What Happens With My Permit Application?

An APCD Specialist will review the permit application for accurate and complete information. All questions on your application should be answered. If you are not sure how to fill out your application, please call APCD at (502)574-6000 and someone will assist you.

After your application is reviewed, APCD may need to contact you for more information or to perform an inspection prior to issuing a permit. APCD will inform you in advance if this is the case for your open burn.

How Long Does It Take to Receive My Permit?

Generally, APCD can process your application within 5 days if all of the information is correct and complete. The permit will be sent to you by mail.

Is There a Fee?

There is no fee for an open burning permit.

How Long Does the Permit Last?

Permits are event specific and are good for the amount of time requested on your application.

What If I Need to Make Changes to the Permit Application?

Please contact APCD at (502) 574-6000 if you need to change or withdraw your application.