In order to protect public health and safety, as well as the environment, the Business Plan/Handler Program regulates the storage and handling of hazardous materials through education, facility inspections and enforcement of State law. The Tulare County Environmental Health Department is the overseeing agency for facilities county wide.


A major requirement of the Hazardous Materials Disclosure program is the creation and maintenance of a Business Plan. The information from the Business Plan is made available to first responders in the county for emergency response activities. All handlers are required to disclose their inventory of hazardous materials in the form of a Business Emergency Plan. Business plans and chemical inventories must now be reported electronically. Please use the link to the right to submit your Business Plan electronically.

Chemical Inventory

Generally speaking, a Hazardous Materials Handler is identified as any facility storing hazardous materials and or wastes in quantities greater than or equal to:

  • 55 gallons of a liquid substance
  • 500 pounds of a solid substance
  • 200 cubic feet of compressed gas

Please note that for acutely or extremely hazardous materials, these amounts are less.

For additional Information on this program visit The California Office of Emergency Services.