Request for Variance from Air Quality Regulations – Instructions and Form
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Form #: AIR058a Guidance Documents Revised: 6/22/21

Nebraska Revised Statute §81-1513(1) provides that “Any person who owns or is in control of any plant, building structure, process, or equipment may apply to the director for a variance from rules or regulations”. Nebraska Administrative Code Title 129 Nebraska Air Quality Regulations (Chapter 33, Section 001.03) further requires that “All requests for variance as provided for in Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-1513 shall be submitted in writing to the Department …” and identifies minimum submittal requirements.

A variance is not a right and is granted at the discretion of the Director. There is no timetable for the Director’s decision. In accordance with §81-1513, a variance cannot be granted that will sanction any violation of state or federal statutes or regulations. A variance cannot be granted to waive or change an existing permit condition or limit. A variance cannot be granted to sanction construction that was already started prior to obtaining a required construction permit. Please refer to the full text of the statute and regulations for additional information.


This form is provided for the submission of a variance request from Nebraska Air Quality Regulations for a proposed source of air pollution. This request is not a substitute for any required permit and there is no guarantee a variance will be granted. The form is not required in this specific format; however, it is provided for convenience of the applicant to help prepare a request. The notarized signature of the person responsible for the operation or installation is required.

Please type responses or use dark blue or black ink. Do NOT use pencil. The NDEE may request additional information as needed for evaluation and consideration of the request. Do NOT spiral bound the application as bindings must be removed for scanning and filing purposes.

If you plan to submit information you consider confidential, please complete the Confidentiality Request Form, which is available on the NDEE Web site, and submit it along with the required information as described in the form. A request for confidentiality must be made in accordance with Nebraska Administrative Code Title 115 – Rules of Practice and Procedure. Please note that a claim of confidentiality is subject to the Director’s determination and approving confidentiality is not guaranteed. Generally, confidentiality claims must be resolved before the Department will begin processing the related submittal.

Submit as follows:

Attn: Director
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
(Mailing address)
PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922


(Physical address for UPS/Fed Ex or hand-deliveries
245 Fallbrook Blvd
Lincoln, NE 68521

Produced by: Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922;
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