Air Quality

What We Do

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state's citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all. To carry out this mission, the DAQ operates a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in the outdoor air, develops and implements plans to meet future air quality initiatives, assures compliance with air quality rules, and educates, informs and assists the public with regard to air quality issues.

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Update For Permit Applicants:

During the COVID-19 restrictions and for the foreseeable future, DAQ has created an email account that is available for facilities to electronically submit permit applications and reports (permit or rule required quarterly, semiannual or annual reports, source test reports, or other reports that you are required to send to the DAQ).  

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Open Burning

The open burning rule is one of North Carolina's oldest air quality regulations. Find out the dos and don'ts before you burn.

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