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Dust Control Requirements for Construction and Grading

Updated 6/3/14


District Rule 228, Fugitive Dust, establishes standards to be met by activities generating fugitive dust. Rule 228 applies to the entire County of Placer and addresses fugitive dust generated by construction and grading activities, and by other land use practices including recreational uses.

Fugitive dust is particulate matter discharged into the atmosphere due to a man-made activity or condition. Examples of dust sources that are subject to the rule are excavating and trenching, drilling, boring, earthmoving and grading operations, pavement or masonry cutting operations, brush clearing, travel on unpaved roads within construction sites, and wind-blown dust from uncovered graded areas and storage piles.

Rule 228 establishes standards to be met by activities generating fugitive dust. Among these standards to be met is a prohibition on visible dust crossing the property boundary, generation of high levels of visible dust (dust sufficient to obscure vision by 40%), and controls on the track-out of dirt and mud on to public roads. The regulation also establishes minimum dust mitigation and control requirements.

What Is Required?

Rule 228’s minimum dust control practices must be used for all construction and grading activities. See the Fugitive Dust Control Requirements Fact Sheet.

When an area to be disturbed is greater than one acre, and if required by a Condition of Approval of a discretionary permit, a dust control plan (DCP) must be submitted to and approved by the District. The District has developed an application for this purpose. The dust control plan instructions contain a DCP Application form. The District urges the use of the DCP Application form as opposed to submitting an original Plan which may be subject to higher fees if it requires increased time to review. Completion of this application and subsequent approval by the District will satisfy requirements to have a dust control plan. Failure to implement the plan is subject to enforcement through the Conditions of Approval, and by District through Rule 228.

A copy of Rule 228 may be obtained by contacting the District at (530) 745-2330, or by clicking here. If you have questions, please contact Bruce Springsteen at 530-745-2337. If a dust control plan is a Condition of Approval please contact the District's Planning & Monitoring Section at (530) 745-2330

The completed PDF Dust Control Plan Application may be forwarded to the District via email to:

The Dust Control Plan Application can also be submitting by completing the on-line form: Online Form