Hazardous Materials

The Hayward Fire Department is unique as it is one of the few city fire departments in California designated as a Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA); agencies designated as a CUPA are committed to ensuring consistency throughout the state in regard to administrative requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement. The program’s goal is to protect lives, property, and the environment in the City by reducing the factors which contribute to releases and emergencies associated with hazardous materials in a unified and coordinated manner by reducing the factors which contribute to releases and emergencies associated with hazardous materials.

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

The Hayward Fire Department was designated as the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for the City of Hayward by the State Secretary for Environmental Protection on January 1, 1997. The CUPA is the local administrative agency that coordinates the regulation of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes in the City of Hayward through the following:


Electronic disclosure of hazardous materials shall be done through reporting through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) and processed through the Hayward Fire Department.

Hazardous Materials File Review

The public will be allowed reasonable access to all records of the Hazardous Materials except those declared confidential by facility owners or by the Fire Department, subject to Hayward Fire Department and City of Hayward policies and regulations. Hazardous Materials file reviews can be requested through Access Hayward-Hazardous Materials File Review

Hazardous Materials Fees

Fees associated with hazardous materials office permitting can be found in the city’s current Master Fee Schedule under the Fire Department.

Plan Check Services

We work extensively with business owners and operators, and other business representatives, such as contractors and consultants to help businesses meet code requirements for Hazardous Materials. We enforce the, CUPA regulations, California Fire Code as adopted by the City of Hayward with Local Amendments, as well as the Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance.

Inspection Services

Hazardous Materials staff inspect and verify compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations and requirements.

Household Hazardous Materials Safety and Proper Disposal

Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. The Hayward Fire Department encourages the safe use, storage and proper disposal of these common household products, such as paint, oil, batteries, fluorescent lamps, cleansers and propane, etc.