Hazardous Waste Facility Permits
Any person who stores, treats or disposes of hazardous waste as described in the Hazardous Waste Control Laws (Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.5) must obtain a permit or a grant of authorization from DTSC.
What is RCRA?
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the federal statute that regulates facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste.
What is hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste in California includes wastes defined in RCRA plus additional wastes that California has determined to be hazardous. Hazardous waste in California is defined in California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4.5, Chapter 11.
California has a five-tiered permitting program which matches the statutory/regulatory requirements imposed upon each category of hazardous waste facility to the degree of risk posed by them. The five permitting tiers are:
1. The Full Permit Tier
- Includes all facilities requiring a RCRA permit, plus selected non-RCRA activities pursuant to Title 22 California Code of Regulations (22 CCR)
- RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application
- RCRA Hazardous Waste Part B Permit Application
- Permit Applicant Handbook
- Disclosure Instructions
2. The Standardized Permit Tier
Some facilities that manage waste not regulated under RCRA, but are regulated as a hazardous waste in California (i.e., non-RCRA hazardous waste), such as recyclers, oil transfer stations, and precious metal recyclers may be eligible for authorization under a standardized permit.
3. The Permit by Rule (PBR) Tier
A non-RCRA onsite treatment permit for specific waste streams and treatment processes, such as concentrated metal-bearing wastes, concentrated acids or alkalies, wastes posing multiple hazards, and silver recovery.
4. The Conditional Authorization (CA) Tier
A non-RCRA hazardous waste onsite treatment authorization for specific waste streams such as metal-bearing waters, and mostly single-hazardous wastes, some neutralization, and oil/water separation.
5. The Conditional Exemption (CE) Tier
A non-RCRA hazardous waste onsite treatment authorization for small-quantity treatment and other low-risk treatment, including oil-water separation, container rinsing or destruction, gravity settling, and some neutralization.
Hazardous Waste Links
- Hazardous Waste Home
- Certified Appliance Recycler (CAR) Program
- Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
- Facilities (TSDFs)
- Hazardous Waste ID Numbers
- Hazardous Waste Manifests
- Hazardous Waste Tracking System
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Land Use Restriction Sites
- Metal Recycling
- Toxics in Products
- Universal Waste
- Form 1358
- California Hazardous Waste Codes
Hazardous Waste Related Links
- Annual/Biennial Reports
- Emergency Response Program
- Export-Import Standards
- Fact Sheets & Publications
- Find a Registered Hazardous Waste Transporter
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Hazardous Waste Policies & Procedures
- Hazardous Waste Project Documents
- Kettleman Hills Landfill
- Office of Criminal Investigations
- Regulatory Assistance Office
- Report an Environmental Concern
- Retail Waste