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Dust Control Regulations

Review regulations about Fugitive Dust.

If your Active Operations are capable of generating Fugitive Dust, please review the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board Regulations. The City of Albuquerque's Air Quality Division has delegated authority for air quality within Bernalillo County.

File a Complaint

For fugitive dust complaints please call the City's Help Center at 311, or file a complaint online.

Inversion Layer over Albuquerque

Fugitive dust is one of the main components of the "Brown Cloud" of air pollution that hovers over the Rio Grande Valley.

Fugitive Dust Control Requirements

To reduce dust and harmful particulate matter pollution, the City of Albuquerque's Air Quality Division requires that each person use Reasonably Available Control Measures during Active Operations or on inactive disturbed surface areas, as necessary to prevent the release of Fugitive Dust, whether or not the person is required to obtain a fugitive dust control permit.  For fugitive dust control measures, please view the following:

  1. Reasonably Available Control Measures NMAC
  2. Fugitive Dust Control Techniques & Businesses

When do you need a permit?

A fugitive dust Permit is required for all jobs that will have a Disturbed Surface Area of three quarters (¾) of an acre or more.

See the regulations below:

Download Permits

Permit applications for surface disturbance are available at the Environmental Health Department Office, 3rd floor, One Civic Plaza, Room 3047. Or, you can download them here.

If you are not sure whether or not your property or job site will require a surface disturbance permit, please call the Air Quality Division at (505) 768-1972.