About the Air Pollution Control District

Mission Statement

The Air Pollution Control District protects air quality in Louisville Metro to ensure healthy air for breathing, economic security, and prosperity for our citizens and future generations.

The APCD has worked to make Louisville's air cleaner for more than half a century. 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 APCD is part of Louisville Forward.


  • Implementing enhanced toxic air monitoring equipment.
  • Completed a reorganization that includes investing in new technology and upgrading equipment for the Louisville-Jefferson County ambient air monitoring network. 
  • Overhauling and improving the way APCD communicates air quality information online.
  • Kentuckiana Air Education worked with the Nulu Business Association to install anti-idling signs throughout the popular business district.

Contact APCD

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

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

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APCD History

Learn the history of the Air Pollution Control District.

Map & Hours

We are located at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 303, Louisville, KY 40203.

We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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.


The administrative 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 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 Monitoring page.


The enforcement section is responsible for enforcing APCD regulations. It coordinates with the agency’s engineering and environmental compliance sections to ensure industry, commercial business 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


The engineering section is responsible for permitting point sources of air emissions which includes implementing the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) Program. 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
  • Monitoring permit compliance
  • Conducting on-site inspections

Community Compliance

The environmental compliance section investigates citizen complaints about air pollution. The most common complaints are about foul odors and outdoor burning. Environmental 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

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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