Air Quality Complaints

Contact the Rapid City Air Quality staff for outdoor air quality complaints related to fugitive dust and smoke at (605) 394-4120.  Rapid City does not have ordinances to regulate odors or vehicle emissions.

Contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for complaints related to industrial sources in Rapid City at (605) 394-2229.

Indoor air quality is not regulated by the Rapid City Air Quality Division. Indoor air quality includes asbestos, radon, indoor smoke, odors and mold. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the OSHA Region 8 office, which includes South Dakota, can provide additional information regarding indoor air quality problems. To contact the area OSHA office directly, call (720) 264-6550. The American Lung Association of South Dakota can also be contacted at (605) 336-7222 08 (800) 873-5864 for assistance on indoor air quality problems. More information can be obtained on indoor air quality pollutants and their impact on your home, workplace and school through the American Lung Association website.

If you are not sure who to contact regarding your air quality complaint, please contact the Air Quality Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Air Quality staff will need your name, address, and phone number. This information will be kept confidential.  You will need to inform the Air Quality staff what is the source (mud tracking, wood smoke, etc.) of the air quality problem and how it has affected you.  Provide an accurate description of the location (address, business name, resident name, house color, etc.).  It is best to call when the problem is occurring. If there is fugitive dust from a construction site or mud tracking on the street, if possible, determine the name of the business or person generating the fugitive dust or mud tracking. The Air Quality staff will inspect the site as soon as possible. If there is a smoke problem, please note the day and time of the problem and if there is a pattern. Typically smoke problems occur outside of business hours; however, the Air Quality staff can send a courtesy letter to the location of the air quality complaint. If necessary additional follow up will be conducted.


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