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The basics of environmental permits

Operating a business in California is rarely a straightforward process. Most of the time, businesses are compelled to navigate a variety of federal, state and municipal codes, regulations and guidelines that govern everything from waste disposal to advertising. As a result, it can be very beneficial for business owners to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney in order to better ensure that their business operations and practices adhere to this maze of regulations and guidelines.

Some of the many things that an attorney can aid business owners in securing include environmental permits. While not every business will require environmental permits, a surprising number will and do. California business owners in particular may require certain permits, given that California has some of the strictest and broadest environmental regulations in the nation.

Permits that your business may require include waste disposal permits, hazardous materials storage or transportation permits, water quality permits and air quality permits. These permits may be local, state or federal in nature. The nature of your business operations and practices will determine what kinds of permits your business will require. If you are in doubt about whether or not your business requires environmental permits, it may benefit you to err on the side of caution and seek guidance on this issue just in case.

Particularly because failure to secure certain permits may impede the ability of your business to continue operating, it is vitally important that you speak to an attorney about any permits your business may require. Acting quickly and proactively in regards to this issue may save you and your business a host of practical challenges later on.

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