Air Pollution Source Permitting | Ambient Air Monitoring | Asbestos Notification | Emission Inventory | Information/Community Outreach | Mobile Source Emissions | Mobile Source Modeling | Noise Pollution Complaints and Noise Variances | Source Testing Calibrations | Source Testing Consultations | Toxic Air Pollutants

The Air Quality Branch is in place to help ensure that the air is clean and safe for Duval County residents.  Most issues we handle involve odors, dust, asbestos problems and illegal burning.  Loud noise is also an issue that is handled by our staff. 
Open burning is not allowed in Duval County.  This applies to all properties, including residential homeowners.  The burning of household, yard waste and construction material or waste is illegal.  Only land clearing debris resulting from the initial clearing of vegetation on commercial properties may be burned.  For land clearing debris, an open burning permit is required. 
For questions regarding open burning permits, loud noise or other air quality related issues, please call 630-CITY (2489).  General Information on specific air quality topics are found below.

Air Pollution Source Permitting: AQB performs most state air pollution source permitting functions in Duval County, and can assist businesses in Duval County in meeting federal, state and local air pollution permitting requirements. Permit application forms and instructions are available. Permit engineers are available for consultation at (904) 255-7100 and on the Internet.

Ambient Air Monitoring: Concentrations of carbon Click here for Air Quality Indexmonoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, lead and particulate matter in the outdoor atmosphere are measured and recorded in accordance with federal and state regulations. Data are available to the residents of Jacksonville and to consultants for use in air pollution dispersion modeling. The daily Air Quality Index (AQI) is reported to the various news media, and on the Ambient Air Monitoring Web page.

Asbestos Notification: A ten-working day advance notification is required prior to renovation operations where asbestos may be disturbed. All facility (building) demolitions that remove load bearing structural members require the same notification whether or not asbestos is present.  Click here for additional information and the asbestos notification form.  Prior to any renovation or demolition operation, an asbestos survey must be performed pursuant to Chapter 469 of the Florida Statutes. FAQs on asbestos in the home.

Emission Inventory: The amount of each pollutant emitted by various air pollution sources in Duval County is maintained by the AQB. Most of this data is compiled from Annual Operating Reports which major industrial sources are required to submit to AQB annually. Other inventory data from small and mobile air pollution sources is compiled collectively. This data is available for use by the general public, news media and industrial sources.

Information/Community Outreach: AQB can often provide speakers or presenters to civic groups, industrial groups or trade associations. Training programs are frequently made for asbestos related contractors. Volunteers are often available for other types of community outreach, including judging school or regional science fairs and city clean-up or beautification projects. You can contact us at (904)255-7100 for a list of available speakers from the agency.

Mobile Source Emissions: AQB has statistical data indicating what pollutants are emitted from motor vehicles and in what quantities, and can answer questions relative to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program, CFC refrigerants in automobiles and what federal or state rules apply. For information on mobile sources, you may contact us at (904) 255-7100.

Mobile Source Modeling: Information concerning air emissions from automobiles is provided to consultants involved in the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process. Copies of the modeling program and information on how to run the model is also provided. For all DRI questions you may contact us at (904) 255-7100.

Noise Pollution: The Noise Pollution section investigates citizen complaints of noise. Click here for more information on noise pollution control standards. To lodge a noise complaint, call 630-CITY (2489) or email For general questions about noise activity, please call 255-7100.  

Noise Variance:  Please review Ordinance Chapter 360.111 to determine if your operation requires a variance from the noise pollution standards as established in Environmental Protection Board Rule 4.  If required, the Application for a Variance from the Environmental Protection Board Rules (PDF 5 pgs / 54k) along with the required fee must be submitted. 

Source Testing Calibrations: AQB maintains a certified wet test meter, which is available to consultants testing in Duval County, for calibrations of dry gas meters used in source sampling trains. For a contact see source testing above.

Source Testing Consultations: Air pollution source emissions measurement experts are available to regulated industries or testing contractors for consultation. Information is available in person or by telephone concerning measurement methodology, applicable testing regulations and specific operating permit testing conditions. When sources are conducting complex or unusual testing, pretest conferences are encouraged. If you have questions concerning testing or continuous emission monitoring, you can contact us at (904) 255-7100.

Toxic Air Pollutants: The AQB air toxics program conducts ambient air toxics monitoring using a Mobile Air Toxics Monitoring Laboratory and also operates five stationary ambient air toxics monitoring sites. Ambient concentrations are measured for 39 toxic air pollutants. In addition to air toxics monitoring, the AQB calculates emissions inventories of toxic air pollutants from point, area and mobile sources, maintains Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for facilities operating in Jacksonville, conducts risk assessments and other special projects.

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