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South Carolina Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (S.C. SBEAP)
A free, nonregulatory service of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Typical Businesses

An air pollution source is any process or device that emits air pollutants, such as particulates, dust, fumes, gases, mist, smoke, vapors or odors. Below you will find examples of potential permitting scenarios. This is by no means an all inclusive list; therefore any specific permitting questions should be directed to the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program toll-free at 1-800-819-9001.

Activities and equipment that may require a permit:

  • Have something with a stack, dust collector or vent?
    • Examples: shotblasters, grinders, storage tanks
  • Use a process that includes paints, solvents, adhesives or other chemicals?
    • Examples: paint booths, degreasers, solvent cleaning tanks
  • Use a process that burns fuel (e.g., oil, natural gas, coal)?
    • Examples: boilers, furnaces, process heaters, ovens
  • Have an area that produces visible dust, smoke or odors?
    • Examples: unpaved roadways, material handling areas

Industrial and commercial businesses that may require a permit:

  • Abrasive Blasting
  • Autobody Shops
  • Cabinetry/Millwork
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Concrete Batch Plants
  • Cotton Gins
  • Crematories
  • Drycleaners
  • Fiberglass Product Manufacturing
  • Foundries
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Grain Elevators, Silos
  • Incinerators
  • Industrial Furnaces/Ovens
  • Paint Manufacturers and Applicators
  • Plating Operations
  • Surface Coating/Painting
  • Wood Processing

For more information, please contact...

Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-819-9001
FAX: (803) 898-4487
EMAIL: smallbusinessinfo@dhec.sc.gov
Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201-1708