The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is recruiting to fill two positions on the APCD Hearing Board.  The current openings are for the professional engineer member and one public member.  Appointments will be made for a term of three years.

The APCD Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis, often the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria.  Individual members may be called upon to hear Emergency Variance cases, which are generally completed over the telephone, as well as Interim or 90-Day Variance cases, which are typically performed in face-to-face meetings at the APCD office.

Additional information about the Hearing Board can be found below on this webpage, as well as this document prepared by California Air Resources Board and on their Variance Oversight Program webpage.

How To Apply:  Interested individuals must submit a completed official SBCAPCD Hearing Board application outlining qualifications related to the position.  Resumes are viewed as additional information and not in lieu of a completed application.  Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Santa Barbara County APCD, 260 N. San Antonio Road, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, Attention: Sara Hunt.  For questions, call the APCD at (805) 961-8853.

Interviews are to be conducted by the Hearing Board Nominating Committee of the APCD Board of Directors on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Hearing Board | Agenda | Past Agendas

The APCD Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body established to hear appeals of Control Officer permit decisions, applications for variances from District Rules and Regulations, and petitions for abatement orders submitted by the Control Officer.  The Hearing Board is a panel made up of five members appointed by, but acting independently of, the APCD Board of Directors.  Membership includes one lawyer, one professional engineer (pursuant to the Professional Engineers Act, Business and Professions Code §§ 6700-6799), one medical professional and two public members.  Members are subject to the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Code, California Government Code 87100 et seq. and Conflict of Interest Form 700’s are kept on file.  Appointment of each Hearing Board member is made for a term of three years.  Prior to the end of a term, the Hearing Board Nominating Committee will meet to discuss options for filling that position by either reappointing the individual or opening a recruitment.  Any recommendations made by the Nominating Committee will be taken to the APCD Board of Directors for approval.

Hearing Board MembersFieldTerm Ends
Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta, ChairMedicalJuly 2018
David SchmarjeEngineeringMay 2017
Robert J. SapersteinLegalOctober 2017
Donald R. WardPublicMarch 2018
Lee-Volker Cox, Vice-ChairPublicOctober 2019

To download the Hearing Board Policies and Procedures, click here (PDF file).

When does the APCD Hearing Board meet?

The APCD Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis, often the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30AM in the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room at the addresses below.  Meeting site is determined by the case(s) being heard, and meetings are only held when there are agenda items.  In addition to regular meetings, Hearing Board members may be called upon to hear individual Emergency Variance cases as they arise.

105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
OR511 East Lakeside Parkway
Santa Maria, CA  93455

The next meeting date and agenda will be posted on this page when available. Past agendas can be viewed here.


Information about variances, including applications, can be found on this page.

Email Variance@sbcapcd.org or call one of the following staff members for:

  • Questions about Variance Petitions:
    Mike McKay – Inspection Specialist – 614-6788
    Aimee Long – Inspection Specialist – 614-6793
    Eric Kett – Compliance Supervisor – 614-6789
  • Hearing Board specific questions such as meeting procedures:
    Sara Hunt – Hearing Board Clerk – 961-8853