Air Compliance

The main objective for the Air Compliance Program is to ensure that regulated facilities in Virginia are complying with applicable regulatory standards. Compliance activities are performed in six regional offices by air inspectors who conduct site evaluations, observe source emissions testing, and review a variety of federal and/or state required facility reports to determine the overall compliance status of more than 5,000 facilities.

The Office of Air Compliance Coordination (OACC) is responsible for assisting our regional staff in their work; managing federal fiscal commitments; providing training opportunities and regulatory information; participating in policy development; and assessing program effectiveness.

OACC also provides information and assistance throughout this site to the regulated facilities as well as the private community through various links, informational brochures and various tools as listed within these paragraphs or as seen below. This page offers a variety of downloadable Compliance Forms;  Stage I/II Vapor Recovery Guidance MemoVa. Reformulated Gas (RFG) Counties List and VDACS Fuel Regulation; compliance calendars;  as well as the Consumer Products Rule and a listing of Air Consultants who offer various air quality services/testing.  Note: VADEQ does not endorse any one vendor and the list has been provided only as a courtesy.

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgates new federal regulations for air sources links and/or other information can be found here in an outreach effort to provide the latest regulatory information available. If you need specific regulatory guidance or further assistance please feel free to contact Central Office OACC Staff or Regional Air Staff

Stage II for New or Major Modified Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs)

DEQ has determined that Stage II is no longer needed in Virginia's attainment and maintenance plans, which are approved into the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). DEQ has also determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery, (ORVR) will be in widespread use in the Richmond area by January 1, 2017, and became in widespread use in northern Virginia as of January 1, 2014.  Because Stage II is no longer needed for the control of ozone in these areas, Virginia submitted amendments to remove it from the SIP on November 12, 2013 (Richmond) and on March 19, 2014 (northern Virginia). EPA approved these amendments on August 11, 2014 (Richmond) and May 26, 2015 (northern Virginia). Virginia then amended the specific Stage II requirements found in Article 37 of 9VAC5-40, which became effective July 30, 2015. 

Therefore, Stage II is no longer required to be installed in any area of the state. Owners of existing Stage II equipment now have two options: decommission or maintain.


Owners of GDFs may decommission their Stage II equipment in accordance with the PEI RP300-09 Decommission Checklist and ACG-003, Guidance for Decommissioning or Maintenance of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities in the Northern Virginia and Richmond Volatile Organic Compound Control Emission Control Areas.


Owners of GDFs who opt to maintain their Stage II equipment must continue to meet the requirements of Article 37.

 IMPORTANT NOTICE - As of January 1, 2012 all data submitted to DEQ under the air, waste, and water quality laws 10.1-1300 et seq., 10.1-1400 et seq., and 62.1-44.2 et seq. of the Code of Virginia must come from a certified environmental laboratory.  Visit the Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP)  web page for additional information.

UPDATE: For the first time, regulated entities have easy access to potential air, water, and waste regulatory impacts affecting their combustion activities - please visit the Combustion Portal at which provides federal and state compliance information and sustainability content for various combustion processes.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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