About DAQ
Mission Statement
To Protect and Improve the Outdoor Air Quality of North Carolina

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state's citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all. To carry out this mission, the DAQ operates a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in the outdoor air, develops and implements plans to meet future air quality initiatives, assures compliance with air quality rules, and educates, informs and assists the public with regard to air quality issues. DAQ Strategic Plan for 2011-2013.

DAQ, which is part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), also enforces state and federal air pollution regulations. In North Carolina, the General Assembly enacts state air pollution laws, and the Environmental Management Commission adopts most rules dealing with air quality. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated the DAQ as the lead agency for enforcing federal laws and regulations dealing with air pollution in North Carolina.

DAQ does not deal with indoor air pollution issues, workplace safety, second-hand smoke, asbestos, mold contamination, radon, and radiation protection. The following are links to sites for additional information on each of these issues:

Regional Offices & Local Programs
Discover which regional office or local program is responsible for air quality issues in your county.
Organizational Structure
See how DAQ is organized and get a brief overview of how our duties and responsibilities are distributed
Directions to DAQ Central Office, DENR Green Square Building
Map and directions to the DENR Green Square Building and parking, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.
View our directory of staff members complete with email and telephone contact information.
Need Help?
Get in touch with the right DAQ personnel quickly by using this collection of frequently requested information organized by topic and appropriate contact.