Air Quality Regulation - Small Business Assistance Program

A free, nonregulatory service of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Many small business owners may not fully understand environmental regulations and may not have the resources to hire an environmental consultant to determine if their business operation requires an environmental permit. The South Carolina Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SC SBEAP) is available to help determine if your business may require this type of permit through technical assistance, education, outreach, and advocacy at no cost to the business.

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program is part of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. S.C. SBEAP's primary goal is to effectively communicate to small businesses the information they need to comply with environmental regulations. We provide multi-media compliance assistance with an emphasis on air emission reporting and permitting requirements. Our services are free and nonregulatory.

Because numerous definitions of small businesses exist, Congress created its own for the purposes of the Clean Air Act. A small business is a stationary source of emissions that:

  • is owned or operated by a person employing 100 or fewer individuals
  • is a small business concern as defined in the Small Business Act
  • is not a major source of air emissions


  • Air Quality permit assistance
  • On-site compliance visits
  • Assistance with recordkeeping/reporting requirements
  • Pollution prevention recommendations to reduce waste and meet new emission requirements
  • Representing small businesses in the regulatory review process
  • Workshops and seminars on air regulations
  • Aid in investigating and resolving concerns with the Bureau of Air Quality



Environment SBA Small Business Assistance