Managing Hazardous Waste

We strengthen regulations and streamline waste management


Mission Statement

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 hazardous waste facility 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
  • Solicit and consider public comments
    Permitting staff are located in Berkeley, Sacramento, and Chatsworth.

Hazardous Waste Facility Permitting Information

RCRA/Full Permit Application

Standardized Permit Application

Lower Tiered Permits

Fact Sheets

Project Documents

DTSC posts on its Web site key documents related to entities that manage hazardous waste (generators; transporters; facilities permitted with RCRA or standardized permits; and other authorizations and notifications). If you can’t find the project that you’re looking for, check the

Disclosure Statement


  • Risk Assessment Form
DTSC Home Page

Tiered Permit Facilities

Information in Tiered Permit Facilities can be found at