Small Communities Environmental Compliance Assistance Program

ADEQ is working with cities, towns and special districts with limited resources and populations of 10,000 or less to help them comply with environmental laws. ADEQ’s voluntary Small Communities Environmental Compliance Assistance Program offers resources for maintaining and documenting compliance efforts.

Program Benefits

Participating communities with an approved Small Community Environmental Protection Plan (SCEPP) and demonstrated compliance with applicable environmental laws may qualify for up to 100 percent penalty reduction* from ADEQ for environmental violations that may occur. ADEQ offers assistance through template and guidance materials to train small communities on environmental requirements and help with SCEPP development. 

Other benefits of participation include:

• Tools to improve operations at less cost

• Improved employee training

• Increased community confidence in municipal services

• Means to attract prospective employees or investors

How to Participate in the Program 

Eligible small communities include those that develop policy and procedure to reduce existing violations, enforcement actions and show “good faith commitment” to remaining in compliance with applicable environmental laws, including prompt self-reporting and timely corrective actions.

Participation in the program, requires communities to complete and submit a SCEPP to ADEQ for approval.

Is your community already participating? | View SCEPP List >

* Reduction in penalties is only for possible new environmental violations that may occur, existing violations are not applicable. 

Speak with one of ADEQ's Community Liaisons (CL) to learn more and how to apply | See CL Map/Contact Information >