What We Do and How We Help:
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) offers compliance assistance services to help small businesses navigate the air quality regulatory process. To view a condensed version of our services listed below, see our brochure.
We provide assistance by phone, email, or in person (in person on temporary hold).
SBEAP staff are always available to answer any questions a client has and we can provide this service in an appropriate manner depending on what works for our client. Small business clients may ask any staff member for assistance if their initial contact person is not available. SBEAP staff routinely share information with each other so that they can provide continuous and excellent customer service to our clients.
To find out if your business meets the small business qualifications, click here.
Air Quality Requirements:
We provide information on air quality regulations and requirements for your business.
SBEAP staff will talk to a business and explain the purpose of the program. After finding out more about the small business, SBEAP can offer guidance and inform their client if they need to register their business with the Air Quality Bureau, apply for a notice of intent, or apply for a permit. Additional notification information and guidance is given when small businesses make changes to equipment, sell their permit to someone else, if they want to relocate to another area, or have any other question they need help with.
We can help answer questions about your permit.
We recommend that you read your entire permit to become familiar with its requirements. And if you have any questions about your permit requirements, contact SBEAP and we can help you.
Small Business Compliance Assessments:
The Air Quality Bureau has expanded its compliance assistance program to include compliance assessments. This service is available to qualifying small businesses that would like to take a positive step towards meeting the requirements in their air quality permit.
Those small businesses who have an air quality permit have operational obligations that are required by the permit. If you are not doing these, you may be in violation of your permit. The compliance assessment program allows a qualifying small business to make corrections before an inspection takes place. One advantage of using the program is that penalties associated with violations may be reduced or waived for the permit owner.
If you want to comply with your permit, and are not sure if you are, you may contact the Air Quality Bureau’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). The SBEAP can answer questions you may have and also let you know if you qualify for assistance. If you qualify, a free compliance assessment of your facility may be performed. For an overview of the Compliance Assessment Program, see our brochure.
If you are interested in finding out more about the compliance assessment program, contact a SBEAP representative below or review the supporting documents by following the links below.
Prepare permit registration forms, applications, and other documentation.
SBEAP staff can assist with filling out certain required paperwork needed by the small business. The extent of our assistance is dependent on our clients need and complexity. If air dispersion modeling is required you must contact an environmental consultant to assist you. SBEAP always encourages a business to fill out paperwork so that they understand the type of information that is needed. If at any time our client asks for help, our staff can provide assistance. SBEAP staff will assist the client with appropriate calculations, necessary attachments for applications, public notice guidance, and more.
Assist with notification/reporting forms.
SBEAP staff can help assist a business meet their reporting requirements to the Air Quality Bureau. Some notifications, such as needing to update communication information for address changes or contact persons, may be made using the CommForm – Communication Updates for Air Quality Permits or Notices of Intent online form.
Create record keeping forms for permits.
The SBEAP has created example record keeping forms for General Construction Permits 2, 3, and 5 for Aggregate, Asphalt and Concrete Batch Plants. These forms are available on our web site, under frequently requested small business forms.
Because air quality regulations can be confusing, the SBEAP has created a frequently asked questions web page that answers general questions about air pollution.
For businesses that may be affected by air quality regulations, the SBEAP has transformed confusing regulatory language into easy to read documents. The information focuses on the core requirements of the regulation and informs businesses what they need to do in order to comply with them.
Windblown dust is a hazard in New Mexico; for more information, visit our Windblown Dust web page. Additional resources on dust control and other small business web sites can be found below:
If you need more information and guidance regarding air quality permitting and your business, you can contact the Air Quality Bureau’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at:
You are also welcome to make an appointment and visit us at our Downtown location (temporarily on hold); for a map to our location, click here.
121 Tijeras Avenue NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102-3400