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Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

An entity of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality, the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) guides Utah companies on pollution prevention (P2) to ensure the protection of public health and the environment. We help businesses by providing strategies to use raw materials, energy, water, and other natural resources more efficiently while saving money.

DEQ promotes all types of pollution prevention but our current initiative looks at reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. If your business uses hazardous chemicals and you’re looking for options to reduce or eliminate these chemicals please refer to P2 for Hazardous Chemicals and contact us for additional help or questions.

The SBEAP is free and confidential.

Our Services

Pollution Prevention

Air Quality Permitting
Notice of Intent

If you need assistance with your NOI application, are changing the name of your business, or have bought a new business and are changing the name, we can set up a pre-NOI meeting. For other permit related questions just reach out, we’ll help navigate you through all the steps.

Storm Water Permitting
Helping Keep Down Stream Clean

The Storm Water Program regulates stormwater discharge, including discharge from construction, industry and more from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Remember, we all live downstream and if we spill chemicals, paints, waste, or sewage it will end up in Utah’s water.

Energy Conservation

The Governor’s Office of Energy Development offers various energy efficiency programs, resources and research for small businesses. They also offer commercial tax credits for alternative energy development, other renewables and well recompletion or workover.

Hazard Chemicals
Making A Safe Workplace

If your business handles a chemical or material that is flammable, corrosive, toxic or reactive then it is a hazardous material. We have compiled a list of forms and informational resources to help you comply with environmental regulations.

Compliance Assistance

Pre-Design Mentorship
Regulation Help From Start To Finish

If you are starting a new business or stepping into an existing business, DEQ can help. We will organize a meeting with Water Quality (storm water, sewage waste), Drinking Water, Hazardous Waste, Waste Management and Air Quality to answer questions about permitting and next steps.

Permit Assistance
Compliance & Permitting Information

Understanding how to be in compliance with the state for your business can be overwhelming. We’ll walk you through each division’s requirements and who you need to contact.

Advisory Panel
Small Business Compliance

Your connection to EPA and how its regulations and laws affect your business.

Business Resources

National SBEAP
Small Business Resources & Information

Section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments requires each state to establish a small business environmental assistance program (SBEAP) to assist with environmental compliance and emission reduction. This national website is a great resource for small business owners.

Tax Incentives
Renewables & Efficiency

Small businesses can save on their utilities by increasing their process operations and electrical efficiency. There are currently 55 different policies and incentives in Utah that can help you save money and reduce emission to the environment, while possibly changing your need for an air permit.

Grant Writing Assistance

A great grant for small business is the EPA pollution prevention grant. For other grant opportunities or advice on how to write your grant contact us to see how we can help.

Business Recognition

Clean Utah
Preserving & Protecting Utah

Clean Utah is a voluntary program that encourages and rewards Utah businesses and other permit holders for going beyond compliance to preserve and protect Utah’s environment.

I am starting a new business. How will my business affect the environment?

Depending on the chemicals you are using, if you are burning, using an engine, emitting pollution, etc. will help you determine the kind of footprint your business will have. Working together with DEQ, we can minimize your carbon footprint. We look forward to hearing from you and working alongside you and your business.

As a business owner, how do I know what environmental permits I need and how do I find the forms to fill out?

The main permitting areas fall into the following categories: Air Quality, Indoor Air, Hazardous Waste, Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Underground Storage Tanks. I can help you walk through each of these sections and help you achieve compliance.

Can you come to our site and teach a workshop on best management practices for hazardous waste management, storm water runoff, construction pollution, etc?

DEQ provides group training through workshops on general or industry-specific issues. Give us a call to set a training at your business today.

Does DEQ have guidance documents, emissions calculators and checklists for my business to operate more efficiently?

DEQ provides support tools to help you make compliance decisions and can assist you in finding those on our website.