Automotive businesses are considered high priority businesses because they have a high potential of generating various types of pollutants that can negatively impact local waterways including heavy metals, oil, grease, trash and landscape trimmings.  Facilities that conduct mechanical repair, maintenance, fueling, or cleaning are classified as an automotive business. Per regulatory requirements high priority businesses must implement storm water pollution prevention practices that are recognized in their industry as being effective and economically feasible at preventing stormwater pollution and polluted urban runoff. Following are available resources that will assist you in complying with stormwater related regulations for your automotive business.

The Green Wrench Guide  (476 KB) is a resource for your automotive business to assist in the implementation of pollution prevention Best Management Practices.

An English/Spanish poster for automotive shops detailing Best Management Practices to be implemented on site is available for your business for posting and employee training. Click here  (770 KB) to view this poster and print. Copies of the poster are available upon request and during annual Stormwater inspections. Please contact us  for your copy of the poster.

Project Clean Water, in cooperation with all jurisdictions in San Diego County, developed a series of workshops for automotive businesses. Below is a link to the presentations for your convenience.

Pollution Prevention Training for the Automotive Industry  (2.5 MB)
Best Management Practices for automotive repair and body shops  (352 KB)

Also available are on-line publications from the Department of Toxic Substance Control.


Antifreeze Recycling

Auto Parts Cleaning

Aqueous Parts Cleaning - Auto

Auto Shops

Floor Cleanup

Brake Cleaning

Aqueous Brake Washers

Fleet Parts Cleaning

Aqueous Parts Cleaning - Fleet

Oil Filters

Reusable Oil Filters - Fleet

Oil Life

Oil Life Extension - Fleet

Oil Water Separators

Oil Water Separators

Pollution Prevention

Profit Through Prevention

Pollution Prevention Auto

P2 Is On the Road Fact Sheet

Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the
Urban Runoff Hotline at 760-435-4500.