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Coating Operations (General)

​​General coatings operation refers to applying any VOC-containing coating to a substrate.  Substrates include metal, wood, paper, and plastic.  Other processes included in coating operations are surface preparation, cleaning, finishing, and curing the coating.  The process of coating can occur with a paint spray booth or without.

Who Needs a Permit?

A Permit is required for all coating operations performed with or without a paint spray booth that either:

  • Has not been granted a NESHAP 6H exemption from EPA

  • Use more than one gallon of coatings and solvents combined during any one day

  • Each paint spray booth will be permitted individually

  • VOC content data for all coatings and solvents not exempted below shall be supplied from a manufacturer’s, Product Data Sheet, MSDS, etc., unless the Sac Metro Air District has received a Product Data Report from the manufacturer for the products. It is the applicant’s responsibility to supply the data or ensure that the data is provided to the District

  • All combustion based drying equipment with the coating operation shall be permitted with the booth if the material to be heated comes in direct contact with the products of combustion

  •  All proposed air pollution control devices and combustion equipment directly associated with the coating operation except as exempted above in section d. (dryers, etc.) will be permitted separately from the coating operation

  • All coating operations are required to obtain a permit unless the Air Pollution Control Officer issues a written exemption letter. (See exemption determinations below)

Permit Fees 

New Installations:  Coating operations with a paint spray booth:

  • Use Schedule 1 (see Rule 301, Section 308.2). Fees are based on the rated horsepower of the exhaust fan on the booth. Use the Initial Permit Fee column for new installations or equipment not previously permitted.

Coating Operations without a paint spray booth:

  • Use Schedule 9 (see Rule 301, Section 308.10).

Coating operations with a booth and associated dryer use schedule 1 or 2, whichever results in a higher fee.

Equipment Installed Without an Authority to Construct: 

  • As per Section 302.1 of Rule 301, any person installing/operating regulated equipment without obtaining a permit from the Sac Metro Air District first will be required to pay permit renewal back fees for each year of unpermitted operation, to a maximum of 3 years, in addition to the initial permit fee. 

Permit Application Completeness Determination

  • An application will not be accepted for processing until it is deemed complete. The following will be required in order for the Sac Metro Air District to make a completeness determination.
  • Completed application Forms G100, G101, GC100, and HRA100 with the original signature of the owner/proprietor or responsible officer of the company.

  • The applicable permit fee in accordance with Rule 301.

  • Any additional information that may be requested in order to perform a health risk assessment or to better understand the process or the applicability of regulations.

 Documents / Forms



10-02 Solvent Cleaning Requirements 10-02 Solvent Cleaning.pdf10-02 Solvent Cleaning RequirementsAdvisories -2010
Application Instructions - GC100 Instructions - GC100.pdfApplication Instructions - GC100Application Instructions
G100 - General Application Form - General Application FormPermit Application Forms
G101 - General Information - General InformationPermit Application Forms
GC100 - General Coating Operations - General Coating OperationsPermit Application Forms
HRA100 - Health Risk Assessment Form - Health Risk Assessment FormPermit Application Forms
Misc Metal Part recordkeeping form Metal Part recordkeeping formRecordkeeping Forms
Automotive Operations recordkeeping forms Operations recordkeeping formsRecordkeeping Forms
Auto Coatings Exemption Certification Coatings Exemption CertificationRecordkeeping Forms
Paint stripping and general coating exemption petition stripping and general coating exemption petitionRecordkeeping Forms

Related Rules

Rule Date Last Amended
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