Parking facilities can attract enough automobiles, trucks, buses, etc., to contribute to high concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), an air pollutant and poisonous gas emitted by motor vehicles. Exposure to CO may also cause visual impairment and reduce work capacity, learning abilities, and performance. The health threat is more serious for those who suffer from cardiovascular or heart diseases. Parking lots or facilities are associated with shopping malls/centers, sport complexes, housing and office developments, airports, industrial parks, etc.
An ordinance approved by the Broward County Commission in 1981, granted the Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD)the authority to implement a parking facility licensing program.
A parking facility license is required for the following:
- Any facility or group of facilities with a design or use capacity of four hundred (400) or more parking spaces, in selected areas of the county, such as Downtown Fort. Lauderdale, that will result in the degradation or exceedance of the NAAQS as determined by Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department (EPGMD).
- Any facility or group of facilities that exceed fifteen hundred (1500) parking spaces for a single level parking lot.
- Any facility or group of facilities that exceed seven hundred and fifty (750) spaces for a parking garage or multi-level parking.
- Any facility or group of facilities that exceed one thousand (1000) parking spaces for a combination of single level and multi- level.
- For any modification of existing parking facilities that will increase the facility to a design or use capacity over the above established thresholds.
The application process consists of completing an application which describes the project. When EPGMD determines a license will be required, the applicant will then need to submit an Air Quality Impact Study report consistent with latest version of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's "Guidelines for Evaluating the Air Quality Impacts of Indirect Sources," and the Broward County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 27, Article IV, Section 27-176, (page 36).
A license is issued upon review of the Air Quality Impact Study report when no exceedances of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard are forecasted through the air quality modeling. The license fee is $1200, which is required upon approval of the license.
The documents are free of charge and available upon request. For more information, please call 954-519-1260.