Polk County Air Construction Permit

Department of Natural Resources


Polk County issues local construction permits for air pollutant sources.  Initial construction permits, must be obtained prior to initiation of construction.  The Air Quality Division (AQD) is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to implement and enforce the mandate of the Clean Air Act and the local regulations of the Polk County Board of Health. It is this division’s objective to achieve and maintain such levels of air quality as will protect human health and safety. These objectives are accomplished through the issuance of construction permits for the installation and operation of equipment or processes emitting air pollutants.

Code Citation Chapter V- Air Pollution https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/public-works/air-quality/

Who Applies The responsible official of the company operating the equipment.

When To Apply Permit must be obtained before any onsite construction begins on the project.

Initial Requirements Applications must include process descriptions, emissions calculations, block and flow diagrams. A permit to operate must also be obtained for any air source. Forms are available at https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/public-works/air-quality/forms-resources/ Duration Construction must be initiated within 2 years of issue date.

Processing Time 14 business days.

Fee Structure Permit fee schedules are available at https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/public-works/air-quality/forms-resources/

Renewal Requirements Polk County issues local Construction Permits for air pollutant sources. Initial construction permits, must be obtained prior to the initiation of construction. After operation has commenced, the source must obtain and annually renew their operating permit. Annual renewal notices are sent out the first week in November.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information All construction permit forms, fees schedules, supplemental forms, air dispersion modeling guidance, other useful links and resources can be viewed at: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/public-works/air-quality/forms-resources/

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Jeremy Becker
5885 NE 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313