Permits and Approvals

Regulations regarding compost production vary from state to state; however, many of them follow related solid waste regulations.

These regulations are designed to protect public health, safety and the environment and can be a significant part of a facility’s operating cost. Keep these factors in mind when applying for a permit:

  • The type of material/feedstocks accepted and processed
  • The volume of material accepted and processed on site
  • Zoning and land use compatibility
  • Common regulatory challenges
    • Odor issues
    • Stormwater violations
    • Truck traffic
    • Fire
    • Dust
    • Poor/incomplete recordkeeping
    • Land use/zoning violations

See USCC’s State Regulations page for information on your state.

Links and Resources:

Zoning:
US Composting Council: www.compostingcouncil.org/zoning
ILSR: https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-zoning/
Sustainable Develoment Code: https://sustainablecitycode.org/brief/composting-in-agricultural-residential-and-commercial-districts-4/
BioCycle: Compost Facility Permits

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