As of 2013, all businesses in California that are subject to one of the hazardous materials or hazardous waste programs are required to report all documentation electronically in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).
Businesses submitting in CERS for the first time must designate a lead user and create an account. The lead user is someone authorized to review, edit and submit all CUPA regulatory documents on behalf of your business. To create an account, log into the CERS Central Business portal and “create a new account”.
- CERS First Submittal Guide
- Responsibilities of a lead user
- CERS Business Portal FAQ’s
- Most common CERS Reporting errors
- Adding Your First New Facility
Editing, reviewing and submitting documents in CERS:
Ensure each element of your submittal is complete, all required documents are uploaded and all programs are reported. All sections of CERS will remain in draft form until it is “submitted” by the business. When the submittal is in draft form, only the business can see it. Once submitted, it will be reviewed by Ventura County Environmental Health Division, Hazardous Materials Program. If a section of the submittal is “not approved”, an email will be sent to the lead user detailing the required corrections. The corrections are must be resubmitted within 30 days.
- Requesting Access to an Existing Business
- CERS Change of Ownership
- Uploading a document in CERS
- Annual submittal or edit a previous submittal
- Business plan no change submittal
- Is a business plan required to be submitted annually?
- Adding a new user to your CERS account
Business are required to:
- Electronically review and certify the CERS submittal at least 1 time per calendar year, no later than 12/31.
- Update the CERS submittal within 30 days of any significant changes to the business or inventory.
- Ensure all required documentation is available for review on-site (electronic or paper).
Multi-jurisdictional businesses may establish an organization in CERS with approval from Cal EPA
Additional CERS guidance documents can be found on the CERS Central Business Portal in the Help/FAQ’s link and on the Cal EPA website links below. Specific submittal guidance for each program are available on this website in each specific program.
For additional assistance with CERS or specific questions, please contact your district inspector.