Cotton Ginning Operations

A cotton gin is defined as any facility or plant that separates cotton lint from cotton seed. This process typically includes cleaning (removing plant material, dirt, and other foreign matter) and packaging the lint into bales. Cotton ginning and some grain handling operations may be eligible for coverage under the registration permit if the facility meets the criteria listed below.


Registration Permit

  • The facility shall not produce more than 140,000 bales of ginned cotton per ginning season.
  • No fuel burning source shall have a rated input capacity greater than or equal to 10 million BTU/hr nor shall the combined rated input capacity of all fuel burning sources exceed 50 million BTU/hr.
  • Each fuel burning source is allowed to use natural gas, propane, or a Department approved fuel.
  • If applicable, the facility's grain handling operation shall not process more than 2,250,000 bushels of grain per year nor be in operation for more than 4,000 hours per year.
  • Facility is a true minor source.

How Do I Apply for the Registration Permit?

To request coverage under the Registration Permit download, complete, and submit the Registration Permit Application for Cotton Ginning Operations found below.


*If operations, normally covered by construction permits, are located in one of the eight coastal counties of the Coastal Zone under DHEC-OCRM's jurisdiction (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper), then a coastal zone consistency certification may be required.