Air Permitting and Public Participation

How Public Notice Process Works

When determined to be appropriate by the Department (or specified by regulation), the Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) will:

  • Notify the public and other entities of the opportunity to review and comment. We will provide at least 30 days for public and EPA comment and will give notice of any public meeting/hearing at least 30 days in advance of the meeting/hearing.
  • Public notice will be given by posting the notice on the Department's  Public Notices webpage , or by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the source is located, or by publication in the South Carolina State Register, and to persons on a mailing list developed by the Department, including those who request in writing to be on the list.
    • If you would like to be notified when a permit is noticed, please provide the following information:
      • First and last name
      • Preferred email address
      • When you wish to be notified (select one):
        • All public notices issued by BAQ; or 
        • All public notices issued by BAQ in only certain counties; or
        • All public notices issued by BAQ for a specific facility.
    • Submit your request to or send a written request to:

Bureau of Air Quality
Public Notice Coordinator
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

  • We may also use additional means of public notice.
  • Each public notice will include:
    • The affected source;
    • Name and physical address of the facility;
    • Applicable activities involved in the permit action;
    • Applicable emission change involved in any permit modification;
    • A brief description of the comment procedures and procedures to request a public hearing, or the time and place of any hearing that has already been scheduled for the draft permit;
    • Name, address, and telephone number of DHEC staff who may provide additional information, such as:
      • Copies of the draft permit,
      • The application,
      • All other materials available to DHEC that are relevant to the permit decision, such as compliance plans and reports, and monitoring (except for information entitled to confidential treatment).