As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

Rules and Laws

This page is designed to allow you to access current and pending rules within our program divisions. It also includes links to rule packages which are cross program in nature.

Links to outside sites which may be of use to individuals interested in rules or the rule-making process are also included. These sites include the Register of Ohio, which contains all state agency rule proposal packages and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which is the legislative committee responsible for the review and processing of all state agency rules.


All State of Ohio rules and regulations are available online through LAWriter. Because the online documents may not be updated as soon as changes are made, we recommend that you follow the links below to see specific rules and regulations by division to ensure that you are referencing the most current version.


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In accordance with ORC 121.95, Ohio EPA hereby posts its base inventory of regulatory restrictions.  The agency has broken the inventory down by regulatory division.  

The base inventory for the State Emergency Response Commission is also posted:
Ohio Revised Code 3745.30 requires that Ohio EPA maintain a centralized list of all policies used to implement environmental regulations. Each Ohio EPA division is responsible for maintaining such a document which is on file in the Central Office program locations and district offices. Many of these policy and guidance documents are also available on the Internet and can be accessed through individual division or office pages within Ohio EPA’s website. The purpose of a policy is to clarify and explain specific aspects of regulations (Ohio Administrative Code, OAC) and law (Ohio Revised Code, ORC) so that Ohio EPA and external parties have a common understanding of how environmental regulations are carried out in Ohio. The policies promote consistency and provide savings of both technical and administrative staff resources when dealing with the application of rules.

Early Stakeholder Outreach
Early stakeholder outreach is the first step in Ohio EPA's rule-making process. By sharing your comments early, Ohio EPA can consider different concepts and ensure our rule development takes into account the effect the rules will have.

Mandi Payton, Ohio EPA's Rules Coordinator
Mandi provides oversight of Agency rule review and processing and acts as the primary Agency contact with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. For questions or concerns, please email Mandi or call (614) 644-2782.





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