The South Coast Air Quality Management District announced Wednesday it will speed up the permitting process for those businesses helping in the fight against COVID-19.

While normal permit fees will apply, South Coast AQMD will not require expediting fees for companies assisting with the COVID-19 response.

Processing and issuance of permits are considered essential functions during the COVID-19 response as part of the agency’s efforts to improve air quality and protect public health and safety, according to the agency.

Those looking for assistance in filing applications for new or modified equipment in response to COVID-19 can email PermitServicesOnline@aqmd.gov for additional instructions.

Please include “COVID-19 Permit” in the subject line and include the following information:

— Equipment and process descriptions, including a specific description how the project is critical to the COVID-19 response;

— facility name, facility ID, if available, and facility address, contact name and phone number;

— flow diagram and process rates;

— operating schedules; and

— air pollution control equipment and stack/exhaust emissions data.

For those projects deemed critical to the COVID-19 response, the agency will facilitate the preparation of permit application forms, and once submitted, will process them on an expedited basis.

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