A large variety of hazardous materials are generated, stored, transported, treated and disposed of throughout the County. These hazardous materials are potential threats to human health and the environment.
State and local regulations require all businesses that store or handle specified quantities of hazardous materials to provide the Environmental Health Division with a Hazardous Materials Management Plan (also called a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)) and obtain a Hazardous Materials Permit. The purpose of developing a HMBP for a facility is to prevent or minimize damage to public health, safety, and the environment from a release of hazardous materials. The HMBP also provides emergency response personnel with information to help them better prepare and respond to chemical incidents at regulated facilities. Most of it is also available to the public under the "right-to-know" provision of the law.
An HMBP includes chemical inventories, emergency contacts for the facility, a site map, emergency response and employee training plans.
Hazardous Materials Management Plan - Short Form HMMP
Sites, businesses or persons with less than the State Reporting Thresholds of 55 gallons of a liquid, 200 cubic feet of a compressed gas or 500 pounds of a solid are required by Santa Cruz County Code Chapter 7.100 to obtain a permit and submit a Short Form HMMP using the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) website. The information required to be filed as part of the Short Form HMMP is detailed in County Code section 7.100.120. For more information and to file your Short Form HMMP, please visit our CERS page.
Hazardous Materials Management Plan - Standard Form HMMP
Businesses with equal to or more than the State Reporting Thresholds of 55 gallons of a liquid, 200 cubic feet of a compressed gas or 500 pounds of a solid are required to submit a HMMP on or before March 1 every year. A HMMP consists of Business Activities, Business Owner/Operator Identification, Hazardous Materials Inventory, Site Map, Emergency Response/Contingency Plan, and Employee Training Plan. Each hazardous material and/or hazardous waste in a reportable quantity must be included in the Hazardous Materials Inventory. These six elements must be submitted in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). For more information and to file your Standard Form HMMP, please visit our CERS page.