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Main Content 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.
 
Through our staff, we can often provide speakers or presenters to civic groups, industrial groups, or trade associations. Training programs are also sometimes 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 as well.

Air permitting
Our staff performs assists with 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. Some permit application forms and instructions are available through our office. Our staff engineer may also be available to consult on some air permit requirements.  Contact us at (904) 255-7100.
 
Odor enforcement
Odors have been identified as something that impacts the quality of life of residents.  JEPB Rule 1 Part VII outlines the procedure for filing and verifying citizen odor complaints.  This rule sets forth the procedure by which citizen odor complaints shall be filed and verified and the procedure for informing the responsible persons or entities that complaints have been filed against them. As used in this rule, verifying means that an inspector determines that an odor is present in the outdoor air and identifies with reasonable certitude the facility or entity causing the odor. The determination of objectionability of the odor is left to the citizen who lodged the complaint.  To file a complaint, citizens should call the City’s complaint line at 630-CITY(2489) or submit online.
 
Noise enforcement
Noise has also been identified as something that impacts the quality of life of residents.  There are several sources that emanate noise that poses concerns or issues from residents.  JEPB Rule 4 – Noise Pollution Control establishes the standards that must be adhered to concerning noise levels in Duval County. 
 
The rule establishes that no person shall cause, allow or permit the emission of sound so as to violate the standards for noise pollution control established in the Rules of the Board.  It goes on to establish the sound levels that must be adhered to, how and where sound is to be measured and establishes allowances for when these standards need to be deviated from.  To file a complaint, citizens should call the City’s complaint line at 630-CITY(2489) or submit online.

Approved Noise Variance Orders Currently in Effect

Project / Address Parcel RE Number Contractor Variance End Date
Cordgrass Lane 1566664-0040 Baimbridge November 6, 2021
10501 Cold Storage Road - Unit 200  108605-0025 Conlan September 30,2021
10501 Cold Storage Road Unit 500 108605-0050 Evans August 1,2021
323 Riverside Ave   Gibane July 31, 2022
650 N Newnan Street 073987-000 NEI 4.209(a) thru 6/30/21
4.208 and 4.209(c) thru Feb 28, 2022
12397 San Jose Bvld 159136-0010, 158187-0000, 159137-0000 and 159135-0000 Rise August 21, 2022
225 Pearl Street   Ryan September 30, 2022
840 S. Edgewood Ave 061830-0000 Summit October 1, 2021
2619 Ignition Drive 019539-0010 Vannoy October 31, 2021
 
Open Burning Permitting
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.  Please contact us at (904) 255-7100 for more information.
 
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