About the Air Pollution Control District

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The APCD has worked to make Louisville's air cleaner since 1945. The APCD implements the Federal Clean Air Act in Louisville and works in partnership with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The director is appointed by the Mayor of Louisville. The APCD is part of Louisville Forward.

What We Do

The APCD employs air quality and environmental professionals, engineers, inspectors, and technicians who operate and maintain air quality monitoring equipment. In addition, the agency is supported by in-house computer services, communications, legal services, records management, accounting, and administrative staff. Organizational chart.

APCD History

Learn more about the history of the Air Pollution Control District and its efforts to reduce harmful air pollution in Louisville. You might also be interested in reading about the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program (STAR), which has helped reduce the amount of toxic air pollution emitted from Louisville industry.


Contact the APCD

Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District
701 W. Ormsby Ave.
Suite 303
Louisville, Ky. 40203

Phone: (502) 574-6000
Fax: (502) 574-5306


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Map & Hours

The APCD is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Administration section, which includes the Office of the Director, ensures effective and efficient management of all aspects of the agency to help achieve its mission. This section provides internal services such as, information technology support, budgeting and payroll, and grants oversight as well as external services including:

  • Filling open records requests
  • Coordinating the rulemaking process
  • Developing the Jefferson County portion of the state implementation plan
Air Quality Monitoring

The Air Monitoring section collects and analyzes air quality data. This section monitors ambient air pollution, measures meteorological data, quality assures data, and helps forecast air quality for Louisville. For more information, please visit the Air Quality Monitoring page.


The Permitting section is responsible for permitting point sources of air emissions which includes implementing the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program (STAR). It focuses on large “stationary” sources (e.g., utilities and chemical plants) and smaller “area” sources (e.g., dry cleaners and auto body shops). This section provides services to Louisville’s business and industrial communities including:

  • Issuing permits
  • Reviewing emission inventories
Industrial Compliance

The Industrial Compliance section works with companies that have air pollution permits to maintain levels of emissions as low as possible while enabling them to continue doing business. Inspections are performed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the permit standards and record-keeping requirements. APCD engineers and environmental specialists review reports submitted regularly by the companies to prevent any unnecessary or unforeseen violations of the air pollution standards.

  • Monitoring permit compliance
  • Conducting on-site inspections
Community Compliance

The Community Compliance section investigates citizen complaints about air pollution. The most common complaints are about foul odors and outdoor burning. Community Compliance staff are duly sworn peace officers with the power to enter and inspect industrial premises for suspected violations of air quality laws. This section is also responsible for permitting and compliance for several common activities including:

  • Gasoline dispensing (Stage I/Stage II)
  • Removal of asbestos-containing material
  • Open burning
  • Small business compliance assistance

The Enforcement section is responsible for enforcing APCD regulations. It coordinates with the agency’s Permitting and Community Compliance sections to ensure industry, businesses, and the public comply with APCD regulations. This section issues notices of violation and works with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to:

  • Settle violations through board orders and agreements
  • Resolve violations through administrative hearings
  • Prosecute violations of APCD regulations, when necessary
Environmental Programs

The Environmental Programs section provides air quality planning services, assists with policy development, and coordinates agency programs. This section works with a wide variety of stakeholders, including APCD staff, other government agencies, businesses, and the general public to provide the following:

  • Emission inventory coordination
  • Transportation and dispersion modeling
  • Real estate development review
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Stakeholder group coordination
Public Information

The Public Information section is responsible for organizing information internally and communicating information about the Air Pollution Control District to the public. This section also oversees Kentuckiana Air Education (KAIRE), the APCD's education and outreach effort.

Air Pollution Control Board

The APCD is governed by the Air Pollution Control Board, which includes seven members appointed by the Mayor of Louisville and approved by the Louisville Metro Council. For more information, please visit the Air Pollution Control Board page.

Open Records

Click here to submit an open records request.

Organizational Chart

Click here for a current APCD organizational chart.

APCD Documents

Here are some useful and informative documents.

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