Monitoring & Enforcement

Protecting Our Environment
Monitoring and enforcement of the regulations regarding wood-burning devices during Spare the Air Alerts will be conducted solely by inspectors employed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

Enforcement Process
Inspectors must physically confirm smoke is coming from a specific site in order to declare that site out of compliance; a warning letter will then be issued to the owner with information on the regulation and how to avoid a violation. Citations will be given to repeat violators of the regulation.

Note: For structures that use wood burning as the sole source of heat (e.g., gas lines do not serve the area), this regulation does not apply.

Contact Us
If you have further questions about the Spare the Air program or its enforcement, please contact the Environmental Programs Division at (925) 833-6630.