DAQ is organized into five sections, with seven regional offices across the state. These sections are further broken down into branches, each responsible for specific tasks in achieving our overall mission.
is responsible for the overall operations of the division, including management, budget, and public information [more information about DAQ Administration]
is responsible for measuring levels of regulated pollutants in the ambient (outdoor) air. The section maintains a network of 70 monitoring stations across the state, measuring for pollutants such as ozone, lead, particulates (dust), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and acid rain. [more information about the Ambient Monitoring section]
handles the issuance, renewal and modification of air quality permits in North Carolina. Currently, about 3,500 facilities hold air quality permits in the state.
performs computer modeling and analyses to determine how to attain air quality standards. Works with the legislature and Environmental Management Commission to develop rules, regulations and programs for meeting air quality standards. Coordinates the N.C. Air Awareness Program, which educates and informs the public about air pollution, its causes and effects, and ways to prevent it. [more information about the Planning section]
is responsible for tracking facilities for compliance with air quality rules, regulating emissions from mobile sources (cars and trucks), and implementing the state rules for controlling toxic air emissions. Coordinates enforcement actions for rules violations based on inspections and investigations by field staff. [more information about the Technical Services section]
based in Asheville, Mooresville, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Washington perform inspections, enforce air quality regulations and issue permits for facilities across the state. [more information about our Regional Offices]