A CUPA is a Certified Unified Program Agency, which is authorized to carry
out several of the various hazardous materials regulatory programs
administered by the State and City.
What does this mean for Gilroy?
It means local control over hazardous materials programs, better customer service,
and cost savings. Being a CUPA combines the various State hazardous materials laws
into one program, with the City of Gilroy's Hazardous Materials Ordinance and Fire
Code also regulating hazardous materials, these have all been combined to create
one program administered by the City's Chemical Control Program. This allows for
a streamlined hazardous materials program. For businesses, this means fewer
inspectors, fewer inspections, and one fee.
What laws and regulations are in the CUPA programs?
The State laws and regulations covered by the CUPA include:
The City codes covered by the CUPA include:
What does the State require of a CUPA?
The State regulations require Santa Clara County's CUPAs to coordinate all
aspects of the hazardous materials program with each other. The Santa Clara
County CUPAs use the same many of the same forms and standards, and report
program information to the State in the same format. The CUPAs carry out
enforcement and technical interpretation of the laws and regulations in a
coordinated and consistent manner. The Santa Clara County CUPAs meet monthly
and have set up a number of joint policy documents.