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Filing an Air Quality Complaint

The SacMetro AQMD investigates complaints related to dust, smoke, odors, overspray, and other potential air quality permit and rule violations.  Complaints can be filed online using the form below or by calling the SacMetro AQMD at (916) 874-4800 or (800) 880-9025. 

When filing a complaint, please have the following information ready:

  • A specific description of the problem. Is it an odor, smoke, or dust?
  • The location of the problem including address and cross streets, if known
  • Who is causing the problem, if known?
  • The time the problem occurs, including time of day and frequency
  • The wind direction
  • The duration of the problem

Rendering Plant Complaints 

​To file a complaint about the Sacramento Rendering Company, follow the same procedure as described in the section above.  To learn more about the limits of our regulatory authority over the rendering plant read the following informational document:  SacMetro AQMD's Authority Over SRC . 

On November 9th, 2016, SacMetro AQMD staff participated in a public meeting with community members regarding rendering plant odors and community concerns.  Information provided by SacMetro AQMD during the meeting is available for viewing (click here). Source testing at SRC will be completed during the first quarter of 2017. When available, testing results and additional information will be provided.


Complaints for Other Agencies

​Agricultural Burning Complaints

Call the Agricultural Commissioner's office during regular business hours at (916) 875-6603 to submit complaints about agricultural burning. You may also call the SacMetro AQMD to submit these complaints at (916) 874-4800 or (800) 880-9025. Agricultural burning complaints are normally investigated by the Agricultural Commissioner, who reports violations and other findings to the SacMetro AQMD .

Idling Heavy Duty Vehicles

Call the City of Sacramento to report heavy duty vehicles idling in excess of Sacramento City ordinance at 311 (toll free* when calling within city limits) or (916) 264-5011 when calling from outside the City of Sacramento.

*Cellular service providers may charge for air time

Smoking Vehicles

Call the California Air Resources Board to report smoking vehicles at (800) 363-7664 or visit Smoking Vehicle Complaint Program on their website.

​File a Complaint Online

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