To improve outdoor air quality to maintain a healthy and pleasant environment.
- Enforcing Colorado's air pollution control regulations.
- Inspecting businesses and other operations that release air pollutants.
- Measuring levels of particulates, ozone, and carbon monoxide in the air.
- Issuing open burning permits.
- Responding to citizen concerns and complaints regarding air pollution.
Through a contract with the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, we perform ambient air monitoring
for carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulate matter (PM10 and PM 2.5);
make compliance inspections of minor stationary sources permitted through
the APCD, perform CFC compliance inspections, issue open burn permits,
and investigate air quality complaints including asbestos abatement work,
and fugitive dust complaints. Additionally, we provide technical assistance
involving issues of radon, lead based paint, and other indoor air quality
We are not directly involved with the APCD's Mobile Emissions Program
- which regulates automobile emissions and other transportation issues
(Fort Collins Technical Center 221-5324).
Please refer to the FAQ's or feel free to go to one of the many sites
below for additional technical assistance. State APCD air emission forms
can be downloaded from their site below.
CDPHE - APCD, Denver, CO.
EPA, Office of Air and Radiation
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who regulates air quality in Larimer County?
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is the state agency responsible
for developing and adopting a regulatory air quality management program
for Colorado. The commission also oversees the implementation of the
programs they adopt. The commission is responsible for hearing appeals
of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution
Control Division's (APCD) enforcement programs, and issuance of permit
terms and conditions. Larimer County's air program operates under contract
with the State's APCD.
- What is Larimer County responsible for under its contract with
the State's APCD?
Colorado's APCD contracts with Larimer County to monitor for certain
air pollutants, inspect businesses that have air quality permits, inspect
businesses that use or work with freon, respond to asbestos and fugitive
dust complaints, and issue burn permits.
- Where can I get help if I think my business needs an air quality
The State's Small Business Assistance Program can help you determine
if you need to have a permit for your business. They can also assist
you with completing the appropriate permit application forms. For more
information go to http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/sbap.asp.
- Why do I need a burn permit from the Health Department?
There are two agencies that review burn permits: the fire authority
for fire safety considerations and the health department for air quality
considerations. We generally only allow clean, dry slash to be burned;
never trash. Certain activities are exempt from needing a burn permit
from the health department. For more information on burn permit requirements
- What ambient air pollutants are monitored in Larimer County?
Monitoring for National Ambient Air Quality standards (carbon monoxide,
ozone, particulates-PM10 and PM 2.5) occurs in the Fort Collins area
in support of the state air quality monitoring network.
- Where can I obtain more information about air quality issues?
Please refer to the APCD's website at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/aphom.asp
- I believe the in-door air in my home is making me sick, what can
In-door air Quality (IAQ) is not regulated in private residences, although
there are several excellent resources to obtain specific information
about what we can do to improve the air quality in our homes. Start
- I want information about Radon.
Start at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/index.html
- I am concerned about mold growing in my home, where can I get
Please go to: http://www.epa.gov/oar/indoorair/index.html
Related Internet Sites
Mold, In-door Air Quality
Lead Based Paint
Other Sites of Interest