The Permitting Division protects Californians and the environment from toxic harm by making timely, enforceable, and protective permit decisions for the operation of hazardous waste facilities in accordance with all applicable laws and sound science.



The Permitting Division (Permitting) is responsible for administering the Hazardous Waste Facility Permitting Program established under Chapter 6.5 of California Health and Safety Code, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) authorization. The core activities of Permitting include:

  • Review of RCRA and non-RCRA hazardous waste permit applications to ensure safe design and operation; 
  • Issuance/denial of operating permits;
  • Issuance of  post closure permits;
  • Approval/denial of permit modifications;
  • Issuance/denial of emergency permits;
  • Review and approval of closure plans;
  • Provide closure oversight of approved closure plans;
  • Issuance/denial of variances;
  • Provide assistance to regulated industry on permitting matters;
  • Provide for public involvement provide assistance to DTSC's Enforcement Program on issues related to permitted facilities; and
  • Provide assistance to collect permitting fees

Permitting staff are located at Berkeley, Sacramento, Chatsworth, and the Headquarter offices of DTSC.


Standardized Permit Application


Onsite Treatment Permit