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Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)

Located at the Illinois Department of Commerce, a non-regulatory agency, SBEAP provides free confidential information and services to help small businesses understand their environmental obligations.  Click here for our SBEAP program brochure.

For more information call 800.252.3998 or email

SBEAP services and information include:

  • Toll-free helpline to answer environmental questions: 800.252.3998
  • Free newsletter, Clean Air Clips, with timely alerts about rule changes, reporting deadlines, and other articles of interest
  • Directory of environmental consultants
  • Easy-to-read fact sheets and guides
  • Simplified recordkeeping tools
  • Regulatory workshops and training
  • Permitting assistance
  • Assistance with National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
  • more...


Clean Air Clips
A free, quarterly newsletter highlighting environmental regulations and identifying upcoming events of interest to Illinois small businesses.
To sign up, click here
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The Illinois Compliance Advisory Panel is a federally mandated advisory group under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.   In recognition that small businesses do not have the staff nor resources of larger companies, Congress mandated that each state provide a regulatory compliance assistance program for small businesses consisting of three components:  a technical assistance program, an ombudsman and a compliance advisory panel.
As required by Public Act 097-0095, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Agency) has created a new ROSS Program that is believed to apply to more than 3,000 permitted sources which combined produce less than 1% of the air pollution in the State of Illinois. The program is intended to simplify air regulatory requirements by requiring sources with low emissions to register with the Agency rather than acquiring an air permit.
Air Permit Information and Guidance
Does your business need an air permit?  This section will help you determine if you need a permit and also contains industry specific guides. 
New Rules and Regulations
New and upcoming EPA regulations your business may need to be aware of and comply with!
Training & Workshops
A listing of upcoming environmental workshops - Also includes presentations from previous workshops. 
Environmental Regulations 
The following are links to many of the state, federal, and local (Cook County) environmental regulations and regulatory agencies that small businesses must deal with on a regular basis.
Environmental Links
Frequently used links to state, federal, and other environmental resources are listed.  Includes the Illinois Pollution Control Board, City of Chicago, and USEPA Region V.
Frequently Asked Questions 
FAQs were developed by SBEAP staff based on calls and e-mails directed to our program.  New questions and answers will be added on a regular basis as appropriate based on current issues and questions posed to our SEAP staff.  While each question has been carefully answered, they are not designed to cover every aspect of the regulations that may apply to your situation.
Environmental Consultants
A list of self-certified environmental consultants that can be searched by both location and the expertise the company provides.  The list also provides contact information, as well as company Web sites for additional information.   The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity makes no attempt to qualify persons on the list nor does this list serve as an endorsement of any of the companies listed.
To be included in this list of consultants, click here.

Contact Us
For free confidential help with your environmental questions, contact the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at 800.252.3998 or by e-mail at