Hazardous Materials (CUPA)

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Hazardous Materials


The San Luis Obispo Fire Department’s hazardous materials program is a Participating Agency for the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Department’s Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) administers the following activities and is currently staffed by one Hazardous Materials Coordinator.


  • Review and approval of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs) and Inventories;
  • Annual inspection and permit issuance for:
  • Above ground Tanks under State Health and Safety Code (Chapter 6.67)
  • Hazardous Materials Storage
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Non-point Source
  • Underground Tanks under State Health and Safety Code (Chapter 6.7)
  • Plan review and permit issuance for new construction, tenant improvements, and installation and closure of hazardous material processes;
  • Investigation for cause and origin of hazardous material releases;
  • Training of emergency response personnel and the business community; and,
  • Processing of public information requests involving hazardous materials under the Freedom of Information Act


The Hazardous Materials Program is cost recovery for these aspects of the program providing service to the business community. Fees are based upon the actual time required for permit application review and inspections.


At the time of its creation the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Program primary responsibility was to enforce the hazardous materials requirements of the Uniform Fire Code and to provide training to the Fire Department's personnel on the hazards associated with the chemicals used throughout the City. Today, the Hazardous Materials Coordinator provides a comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance inspection service. The Coordinator’s responsibilities include permit issuance, inspection and enforcement for compliance with the California Fire Code (with amendments contained in the City of San Luis Obispo Municipal Code) and State Health and Safety Code (Chapters 6.67, 6.7 and 6.95)


To report an emergency; on-going dumping of hazardous materials; or an accident involving hazardous materials call 911.