It is crucial that you contact EH&S before purchasing your portable generator / equipment to ensure that it meets current emission requirements. If a generator / equipment is purchased that does not meet emissions criteria, it cannot be permitted and installed.
If your portable generator set is
- larger than 50 horsepower (hp), you are required to register the engine to comply with air quality regulations.
- less than or equal to 50 horsepower (hp), you are not required to register the engine.
The permit process can take up to 4 months to complete. A general timeline of the process is as follows:
Step 1: Begin the permit process
|Step 2: EH&S will prepare the registration forms||
1 to 2 weeks
|Step 3: EH&S submits registration forms|
|Step 4: Review by Governing Agency (either Air District or Air Board)||
1 week to 2 months
|Step 5: Receive invoice; Project pays invoice||
|Step 6: Review by Governing Agency (either Air District or Air Board)||
1 week to 2 months
Step 7: Governing Agency sends registration / permit.
Step 8: Start Up Notification*
The owning department should keep a log that indicates:
- Hours of operation for reliability-related activities (maintenance and testing)
- Hours of operation for emission testing
- Hours of operation for emergency
- For each emergency, the nature of the emergency condition
- Receipts of fuel purchased
- Location where engine was ran (portable engines must be moved every year to meet portability requirement)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who prepares the submittal for registration?
UC Berkeley’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) prepares the documents. However, detailed information required for the permit application must be provided to EH&S by the Project in order to have a comprehensive submittal.
What is the timeline for the registration process
See Registration Process.