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Common Problems: Compliance

  • Business owners forget or do not understand the requirements that are in their permits. Often, a permit will stay in a file once it has been received.
  • Review your permit on a periodic basis. If you have questions, contact the engineer who wrote it (name and number are in the permit) or the Small Business Assistance Program.
  • Employees may not know about or understand permit conditions and how they relate to the way they do their job.
  • Help your employees understand the permit conditions. Review this information with them on a periodic basis, as a reminder. Make sure they clearly understand your expectations as they relate to the way they do their job.
  • The compliance “expert” leaves and no one else knows where the information is.
  • If your compliance expert is leaving, make sure you spend time with him/her beforehand. Make sure you know where the paperwork has been kept, and what he/she has done to assure compliance, and are aware of any other issues or concerns the expert may have.
  • Sources without permits are not always aware of what rules still apply to them.
  • Check the rules at least on a yearly basis to see if anything has changed. Also, even though a business may not have a permit, there is still paperwork it is required to keep. Make sure you know where this paperwork is kept so you can produce it if asked.


Eleanor Divver, Business Assistance Coordinator: (801) 536-0091