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Links to California air districts with limits or regulations for adhesives and sealants:

Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District Bay Area Air Quality Management District
El Dorado County Air Quality Management District Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District San Diego County Air Pollution Control District
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Shasta County Air Quality Management District South Coast Air Quality Management District
Tehama County Air Pollution Control District Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District  
 
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California State Regulations

Consumer Product Rule: The State’s Air Resource Board (CARB) initially adopted the State’s Consumer Product rule with a compliant date of January 1, 1995. It has been updated multiple times in 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012 adding more product categories and adopting more stringent VOC limits for existing product categories. It regulates Adhesives, Sealants and Caulking compounds packaged in containers of 16 fluid ounces or less.

The following consumer products are exempt from the rule:

(1) Any consumer product manufactured solely for shipment and use outside of the Connecticut.

(2) Adhesives sold in containers of 0.03 liter (1 ounce) or less.

(3) Flooring seam sealers used to join fill the seam between two adjoining pieces of flexible sheet flooring.

(4) Adhesives, Sealants and Caulking compounds packaged in containers of greater than 16 fluid ounces.

(6) Clear, paintable, water resistant caulking compounds.

(7) Removable caulking compounds.

(8) Roof cements and roof sealants.

(9) Insulating foam sealants.

DAP repair products such as glazing and spackling compounds, painter’s putty products, fillers and repair products are not regulated under this rule.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit Wt:Wt%

Aerosol Mist Spray Adhesive *

65

Aerosol Web Spray Adhesive *

55

Construction, Panel, and Floor Adhesive

7

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

55

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

General Purpose Adhesive

10

Structural Waterproof Adhesive

15

Non-chemically Curing Sealant or Caulking Compound

1.5

Chemically Curing Sealant or Caulking Compound

3

General Purpose Adhesive Remover

20

Specialty Adhesive Remover

70

* On January 1, 2017, the VOC limits of aerosol mist and web spray adhesive categories are scheduled to change to 30% and 40% respectively.

Adhesive and Sealant Rule: California is comprised of 35 different air districts where each air district adopts its own rule for adhesives and sealants. Air districts with limits or regulations for adhesives and sealants are listed below, along with the regulations.

Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District

Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 1168 Adhesive and Sealant Applications rule in 1989. This rule has gone through numerous revisions with the last amendment date 9/20/2011. It only applies to the northeast portion of Los Angeles County. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule such as aerosol adhesives and primers dispensed from aerosol Spray Cans.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Carpet Pad Adhesive

50

Ceramic Tile Adhesive

65

Cove Base Adhesive

50

Dry Wall and Panel Adhesive

50

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

Indoor Carpet Adhesive

50

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

70

Outdoor Carpet Adhesive

150

Roadway Sealant

250

Rubber Floor Adhesive

60

Other Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Nonmembrane Roof Sealant

300

Single Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Subfloor Adhesive

50

Top and Trim Adhesives

250

VCT and Asphalt Tile Adhesive

50

Wood Flooring Adhesive

100

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue 170 1.4

170

Structural Wood Membrane Adhesive

140

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Bay Area Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 5-51 Adhesive and Sealant Products rule in 1992. This rule has gone through numerous revisions with the last amendment date 7/17/2002. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule such as aerosol adhesives and primers dispensed from aerosol Spray Cans.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Indoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

150

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

200

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Nonmembrane Roof Sealant

300

Other Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Outdoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

250

Perimeter Bonded Sheet Vinyl Flooring Installation

660

Roadway Sealant

250

Single Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Material Installation/Repair Sealant

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

400

Structural Glazing

100

Top and Trim Installation Adhesive

540

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

El Dorado County Air Quality Management District

El Dorado County Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 236 Adhesives rule in 1995. This rule has not ever gone through any revisions as of yet. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule such as aerosol adhesives and primers dispensed from aerosol Spray Cans.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Non-Vinyl Backed Indoor Carpet Installation Adhesive

150

Carpet Pad Installation Adhesive

150

Wood Floor Installation Adhesive

150

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Dry Wall and Panel Installation Adhesive

200

Subfloor Installation Adhesive

200

Rubber Floor Installation Adhesive

150

VCT and Asphalt Tile Installation Adhesive

150

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

Placer County Air Pollution Control District

Placer County Air Pollution Control District adopted Rule 235 Adhesives rule in 1995. This rule was later modified in 1997, 2004 and 2012. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule, low use of aerosol cleaning solvents and contact adhesives regulated under CPSC’s 40 CFR Part 1302. It also offers a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

200

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

200

Roadway Sealant

250

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant Primer

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

200

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Indoor Floor Covering Adhesive

150

Outdoor Floor Covering Adhesive

250

Top and Trim Adhesive

540

Dry Wall and/or Panel Adhesive

50

Ceramic Tile Floor Adhesive

130

Indoor Carpet or Carpet Pad Adhesive

150

Rubber Flooring Adhesive

150

Perimeter Bonded Sheet Vinyl Flooring Adhesive

660

Subfloor Adhesive

50

VCT and Asphalt Tile

50

Structural Wood Member Glazing

140

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 460 Adhesives and Sealants rule in 1997. This rule was later modified in 1999 and 2000. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule, and contact adhesives regulated under CPSC’s 40 CFR Part 1302. It also offers a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Indoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

150

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

200

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair

300

Other Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Outdoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

250

Perimeter Bonded Sheet Vinyl Flooring Installation

660

Roadway Sealant

250

Single Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Material Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Structural Glazing

100

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

San Diego County Air Pollution Control District

San Diego County Air Pollution Control District adopted it Rule 67.21 - Adhesive Material Application Operations in 1998 and later modified it in 2008. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

65

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

50

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

Indoor Carpet or Carpet Pad Adhesive

50

Multipurpose Construction Installation/Repair Adhesive

70

Roadway Sealant

250

Rubber Flooring Adhesive

60

Other Adhesive Primers

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant/Primer

760

Non-membrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive/Sealant

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive/Primer

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Subfloor Adhesive

50

Elastomeric Adhesive

750

Top and Trim Adhesives

540

VCT and Asphalt Tile Adhesive

50

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Wood Flooring Adhesive

100

Other Floor Covering Adhesive

150

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District adopted Rule 4653 Adhesives and Sealants rule in 1994. This rule has gone through many revisions and it was last amended on September 16, 2010 with a compliance date of 1/1/2012. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 20 gallons. It also offers exemptions for products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule, and contact adhesives regulated under CPSC’s 40 CFR Part 1302.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Adhesive Primer

250

Architectural Non Porous Sealant Primer

250

Architectural Porous Sealant Primer

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Carpet Pad Adhesive

50

Ceramic Floor Tile Installation Adhesive

65

Ceramic Tile Adhesive

65

Contact Adhesive

80

Contact Adhesive – Specialty

250

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

50

Dry Wall and/or Panel Adhesive

50

Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

150

Indoor Carpet Adhesive

50

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

70

Non-Membrane Roof Adhesive

300

Non-membrane Roof Sealant

300

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants Sealant

420

Outdoor Carpet Adhesive

150

Perimeter Bonded Sheet Flooring Installation

660

Roadway Sealant

250

Rubber Flooring Adhesive

60

Single-Ply Roof Material Installation Adhesive

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Structural Glazing

100

Structural Wood Member Adhesive

140

Subfloor Adhesive

50

Top and Trim Adhesive

540

VCT and Asphalt Tile Adhesive

50

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Wood Flooring Adhesive

100

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District adopted Rule 353 Adhesives and Sealants rule in 1999 and later amended in 2012 with a compliance date of 6/21/2013. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including a low emission site exemption (stationary sources with a total VOC emissions less than 200 pounds per calendar year) and facilities that use emission control device that capture at least 85% or more of the emissions. It also offers exemption for products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

70

Roadway Sealant

250

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

400

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Indoor Floor Covering Adhesive

150

Outdoor Floor Covering Adhesive

250

Surface Preparation Solvent

25

Shasta County Air Quality Management District

Shasta County Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 3:32- Adhesives and Sealants rule in 2003 and later amended in 2005. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons. It also offers exemptions for products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule, and contact adhesives regulated under CPSC’s 40 CFR Part 1302.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Multipurpose Contruction Adhesive

200

Roadway Sealant

250

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant Primer

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Indoor Floor Covering Adhesive

150

Outdoor Floor Covering Adhesive

250

Top and Trim Adhesive

540

South Coast Air Quality Management District

South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted its Rule 1168 Adhesive and Sealant Applications in 1989. This rule has gone through numerous revisions with the last amendment date of 1/7/2005. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule. It also offers a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Carpet Pad Adhesive

50

Ceramic Tile Adhesive

65

Cove Base Adhesive

50

Dry Wall and Panel Adhesive

50

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

Indoor Carpet Adhesive

50

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

70

Outdoor Carpet Adhesive

150

Roadway Sealant

250

Rubber Floor Adhesive

60

Other Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Nonmembrane Roof Sealant

300

Single Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Subfloor Adhesive

50

Top and Trim Adhesives

250

VCT and Asphalt Tile Adhesive

50

Wood Flooring Adhesive

100

Tehama County Air Pollution Control District

Tehama County Air Pollution Control District adopted its Rule 4:40, Adhesives and Sealants, in 2003 without any amendments since its adoption date. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including products already regulated under California Air Resource Board’s Consumer Product rule. It also offers a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Multipurpose Contruction Adhesive

200

Roadway Sealant

250

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant Primer

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Indoor Floor Covering Adhesive

150

Outdoor Floor Covering Adhesive

250

Top and Trim Adhesive

540

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District adopted its Rule 74.20 Adhesives and Sealants in 1993. This rule has gone through numerous revisions with the last amendment date of 9/12/202012. This rule regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 55 gallons.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Wall Tile Adhesive

65

Ceramic Floor Tile Adhesive

65

Drywall Adhesive

50

Cove Base Adhesive

50

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

Outdoor Carpet Adhesive

150

Indoor Carpet or Carpet Pad Adhesive

50

Multipurpose Architectural Adhesive

70

Roadway Sealant

250

Rubber Flooring Adhesive

60

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Subfloor Adhesive

50

Panel Adhesive

50

Top and Trim Adhesives

540

VCT and Asphalt Tile Adhesive

50

Wood Flooring Adhesive

100

Other Flooring Adhesive

150

Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District

Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District adopted its Rule 2.33, Adhesives Operations rule in 1994. This rule was amended in 1997, 2003 and lasted on May 14, 2008. It regulates adhesive and sealant products and applications. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers some exemptions including a low use exemption when the total annual volume of noncompliance products remains below 20 gallons. It also offers exemptions for contact adhesives regulated under CPSC’s 40 CFR Part 1302.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit (g/L)

Architectural Primer Non Porous

250

Architectural Primer Porous

775

Architectural Sealant

250

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Multipurpose Contruction Adhesive

200

Roadway Sealant

250

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Other Sealant Primers

750

Other Sealants

420

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant Primer

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Sealant

450

Single-Ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

250

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Indoor Floor Covering Adhesive

150

Outdoor Floor Covering Adhesive

250

Top and Trim Adhesive

540


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