Permitting & Registration

Mobile spray coating operations for motor vehicles are required to be registered with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and to provide a copy of your current registration to each customer prior to starting work at a site.

There are two ways to become an active “registered source”:

Notice of Construction (NOC)

Mobile spray coating operations typically require a Notice of Construction (NOC) Order of Approval before starting operations. Those who operate exclusively with airbrushes that have a cup capacity less than or equal to 2 fluid ounces and an air flow of 0.5-2.0 CFM are exempt from NOC review and register directly (below).

To obtain an NOC Order of Approval, applicants need to complete a Form SCO (PDF) and a SEPA Environmental Checklist (PDF) and submit them to PSCAA with a filing fee of $1,150. Agency staff will:

  1. Review the application for completeness
  2. Identify the balance of the NOC review fees
  3. Prepare a draft Order of Approval for review
  4. Issue a final Order (once all fees are paid)

If the NOC application is incomplete, or requests approval of equipment that does not meet requirements, or the fees are not paid, the application may be denied.

Direct Registration

Those who operate exclusively with airbrushes that have a cup capacity less than or equal to 2 fluid ounces and an air flow of 0.5-2.0 CFM are exempt from NOC review and can register annually. You will need to submit a Questionnaire for Registration Form (PDF) to the Agency.

Annual registration authorizes you to operate a mobile spray business subject to our regulations.

Once in the program, you will be sent an annual invoice each November, due at the end of the calendar year. These fees cover Agency costs for compliance and enforcement. Invoices that are unpaid will remove you from active registration and invalidates the NOC Order of Approvals. To reactivate in the program will require you to start over with a new NOC application.

If you receive an NOC Order of Approval during the calendar year between Registration invoice cycles, you are considered actively registered for that calendar year after the Order of Approval is issued.