Permitting a Coffee Roaster
How to get a permit for a coffee roaster in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Does My Coffee Roaster Need a Permit?
In the SCAQMD, Rules 201 and 203 require a permit to both construct and operate a coffee roaster. This can include new construction, relocating an old unit to a new facility, or modifying an existing coffee roaster.
However, your coffee roaster may be exempt from needing a permit if the roast capacity is less than 10 pounds/batch. Learn more about the exemption rules of SCAQMD Rule 219.
6 Important Points to Remember When Permitting a Coffee Roaster
Specialty coffee is all the rage in Southern California, but there are a few points you need to know about permits before setting up a roasting enterprise.
- Does your coffee roaster actually need a permit? It might be exempt under Rule 219.
- The SCAQMD has very stringent limits on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
- Relocating your coffee roaster might make you subject to even more stringent NOx limits.
- You may have to undergo a public notification process.
- Any and all construction requires a permit before you can start.
- Start the permitting process as early as possible to minimize delays.
The entire permitting process usually takes between three and six months, although more complex projects often see longer wait times. Where your facility is located can also play a large role.