Unfortunately the steps to permitting a concrete plant are different from city to city, county to county and state to state. Permit requirements may also be different depending on the type of concrete plant you are building and the total daily production you expect to have. If you already own and operate a concrete plant, I would expect you probably have a pretty good idea where to start, but for those of you who are reading this article I will try to give you some typical information and starting points for you to continue your own research.
Multiple agencies could be involved in your concrete plant. You will certainly have to work with your local city or town. You may have additional county or state requirements to satisfy also. If your state has a Department of Natural Resources or similar department you may need permitting from them, especially if your facility adjoins public resources. EPA permitting may also be required in some areas.
Where to Start?
Start with the local city where you are considering starting your concrete plant. Contact the permitting office and tell them you are considering building a concrete plant in the community and want to know where to start with the permitting. Often the city will be able to provide you with guidance on who to contact for all other permitting issues.
What to Expect?
Your concrete plant manufacturer will be of great assistance. You can expect to be asked questions about the dust, noise, traffic, lights, run off, economic impact, impact against local resources and all types of other questions. Of course you will have to be able to handle all of the business planning and impact questions, the concrete plant manufacturer will be able to assist you with any of the technical equipment questions you may be asked.
Some cities welcome concrete plant owners while others may make the process difficult or even impossible. Opponents may point to added truck traffic, noise, dust or other alleged negatives. Be prepared to point out that negatives like dust and noise can be abated through equipment. Truck traffic can be controlled and added tax revenues will far exceed any potential expenses. You may also find it beneficial to highlight the new jobs you will be creating and other economic factors your business and investment in the community will provide.