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The Hazardous Materials Plan Check Specialist (AB3205 Specialist) assists new businesses, and businesses undergoing tenant improvements, in complying with their Hazardous Materials Business Plan requirements.

Assembly Bill 3205 (AB3205), which became effective on January 1, 1989, and was incorporated into Section 65850.2 of the California Government Code, prohibits Building Departments from issuing a final Certificate of Occupancy unless a business that handles hazardous materials has done the following:

  • Met the requirements of a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) for a release or threatened release of hazardous materials.
  • Completed the CalARP screening process for Acutely Hazardous Materials or Regulated Substances that may be handled above minimum threshold quantities.
  • Submitted a certified Risk Management Plan (RMP) if required by the Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Division. For information on RMPs, go to the CalARP page:

The AB3205 Specialist works extensively with business owners and operators, and other business representatives, such as contractors and consultants to help businesses meet these requirements.  Services provided daily to the public by the Plan Check Desk include:

  • Properly evaluating all incoming Hazardous Materials Questionnaires.
  • Determining if a business is subject to the AB3205 Plan Check process.
  • Guiding businesses that are required to go through the process and ensuring that the process is completed.
  • Providing permitting information for businesses that do not need to be included in the AB3205 process but are required to obtain a Unified Program Facility Permit, such as small medical waste generators.

Additionally, the AB3205 Specialist evaluates Hazardous Substance Questionnaires for Childcare Centers in the City of San Diego.

ATTENTION - CERS is now Available:  Starting January 1, 2013 all CUPA regulated businesses are required by law (Assembly Bill 2286) to submit business information electronically through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). This includes information related to your:

  • Unified Program Facility Permit
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Onsite Treatment
  • Hazardous Waste Tank Closures
  • Remote Waste Consolidation
  • Recyclable Materials Reports
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Aboveground petroleum storage over 1,320 gallons (APSA/SPCC)

CERS has already been pre-populated with your existing facility information and is available to you through the CERS Business Portal.  For directions on how to access your facility information, please refer to our CERS Information website.

 Forms Most Frequently Used by Plan Check Customers

  • Hazardous Materials Questionnaires HM-9171  PDFWORD
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