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Hazardous Materials & Waste Program: Hazardous Waste Tiered Permitting

The Hazardous Materials and Waste Program regulates businesses that are allowed to treat hazardous waste on site. On-site treatment regulated under this program is limited to relatively small amounts of waste with proven, low risk technologies. Regulation of off-site treatment, storage and disposal is the responsibility of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

How do I determine if my business is regulated under the Hazardous Materials and Waste Program?

To determine which tier or tiers apply to your facility, refer to the Department of Toxic Substances Control Onsite Tiered Permitting Flow Chart, which graphically displays the eligible waste streams and treatment processes by tier. Specific treatment operations at your business will determine if you are regulated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Hazardous Materials and Waste Program or the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, as well as which forms you will need to complete.

Business Responsibilities

Responsibilities of businesses engaging in the treatment of hazardous wastes include: 

  1. Visit the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) to complete and submit any necessary forms.
  2. Pay the appropriate fees.
  3. Manage your hazardous waste treatment unit safely and in compliance with specific regulations.
  4. Correct any violations that are identified during on-site inspections in a timely manner.

Making a Complaint

To make a complaint to the Department of Public Health's Environmental Health Section, click here.