Calabasas City Council has adopted
an ordinance regulating mobile car wash
operations within the City of Calabasas. The
ordinance requires mobile car
wash businesses to obtain permits from the City and follow certain
regulations to prevent pollutants from entering the storm drain
system. Calabasas is the first California city regulating mobile
commercial car wash operations.
The Clean Water Act requires cities to create enforceable
regulations to prevent pollutants from discharging into storm drains
and eventually polluting creeks and oceans. The operation of
mobile car washes on various residential and commercial office
driveways and parking lots typically violate the Clean Water Act.
Such violations could subject the City to fines and notices of
violations by the
Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
The Board is requesting that local governments increase their
efforts to prevent wastewater generated from mobile washers to enter
the storm drain systems and make sure the waste water is properly
discharged to the sewer system or to a waste water recycling
ordinance defines “Mobile
commercial washing” as any activity conducted for compensation that
involves the washing of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles,
recreational vehicles, or any other vehicle, and which is moved from
one location to another, such as to serve customers at their
residences or places of work and includes any temporary car wash
event conducted by any person for the purpose of fund raising.
The new permit system requires each mobile car wash operator to
apply and receive a permit from the
City’s Public Works Department.
The permit is valid for one year and is not transferable. Each
permit holder must ensure that
all car wash employees are knowledgeable of the discharge
limitations listed in the City’s
and that they use appropriate
preventive measures whenever they are engaged in car washing
information, please contact the Environmental Services Division at
Ordinance No. 2008-251 Regulating Mobile Car Wash
Application for Mobile Car Wash Operations Permit
Car Wash Brochure
Mobile Car Washing Companies:
Avila’s & Carrillo’s Mobile Detailing
Carrillo’s Automotive Detailing
Exotic Shine Auto Detailing
Garcia Auto Detail
L.A. Car Connection, Inc.
|Nu-Image Auto Detailing
Smart Car Wash
The Car Detail