What is an air quality complaint?
An air quality complaint is any injury, detriment, nuisance, or
annoyance occurring as a result of air contaminants or other materials,
including (but not limited to) smoke, dust, or odors.
Why you should report air quality problems?
Many businesses operating in the South Coast Air Basin that are sources of
air pollution must comply with AQMD Rules and Regulations, Permits and
conditions of operation. These requirements are designed to protect
air quality and public health. Despite a business's best efforts to
comply with these requirements, equipment breakdowns and process upsets do
occur. During these conditions, excess emissions may occur that can
affect neighboring communities, schools and other businesses.
Do I have to identify myself when I call AQMD to report an air quality
Although it's never required for complaints against vehicles, AQMD
always encourages people who call to report complaints about businesses,
factories and other stationary sources to provide their name, address, and
telephone number. This information helps AQMD inspectors verify complaint
information, including any prior history of air quality problems involving
the alleged source, and also allows them to inform complainants of the
status of complaint investigation activities. Because AQMD policy
strictly prohibits the release of any information that would identify a
complainant to an alleged source or to any other non-AQMD personnel without
your consent, all information about you and your complaint will be kept
confidential by AQMD staff.
Interagency complaint referral
AQMD is authorized by law to respond only to air quality complaints
within its specific jurisdiction. Complaints which allege problems that fall
beyond the jurisdiction of the AQMD are best resolved by contacting the