Facebook Twitter


What is the Monterey Bay Air Resources District?

Our vision describes what we are striving to achieve for our region. Our mission describes the role of the District in achieving that vision.

The District’s Vision Statement:
All individuals in the MBARD jurisdiction will live, work and play in a clean air environment. Individual and communities are encouraged to make choices in their daily lives that promote clean air quality.

The District’s Mission Statement:
The mission of the Monterey Bay Air Resources District is to Protect Public and Environmental Health while balancing Economic and Air Quality Considerations.

The District is responsible for air monitoring, permitting, enforcement, long-range air quality planning, regulatory development, education and public information activities related to air pollution, as required by the California Clean Air Act and Amendments (HSC Section 40910 et seq.) and the Federal Clean Air Act and Amendments (42 U.S.C. Section 7401 et seq.).

California Health and Safety Code Sections 39002, et seq. and 40000, et seq. require local districts to be the primary enforcement mechanism for air pollution control. Districts must have rules and regulations for the implementation and enforcement for the attainment and maintenance of federal and state ambient air standards.

Watch the video below to learn more about air districts.



The District is governed by a Board of Directors appointed from the elected governing bodies of our member jurisdictions. The Board of Directors appoints citizens to the District's Advisory Committee as well as to the Hearing Board.


The air district was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1965. In 1968 Santa Cruz County joined Monterey County to form a unified district. In 1969 the state designated the counties of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz as the North Central Coast Air Basin. On July 1, 1974 the Monterey and Santa Cruz County Unified Air Pollution Control District merged with the San Benito County Air Pollution Control District to form the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District.