Demolition, Renovation and Asbestos
The following information is a summary of the asbestos requirements, however, it is not intended to be a substitute for the complete Asbestos Control Standards.
Demolition is the wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure (only for fire training purposes), thereby making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable. Renovation is the altering a structure or component in any way other than demolition.
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- Survey Requirements - First, but not only, step
An asbestos survey is required by Spokane Clean Air prior to any commercial renovation or demolition activities on any structure, vacant or not. The survey must be performed by an Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) inspector prior to undertaking a renovation or demolition project. Asbestos Survey Guidance.
- Notification Requirements
The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency must be notified in advance, on its agency-supplied forms, of any asbestos project (construction, demolition, renovation, clean-up, repair, or maintenance) and whenever a structure will be demolished. A fee must accompany the notification. Jan. 4, 2010 - Electronic filing of Notice of Intent (E-NOI) is now available. Click here.
- Posting Requirements
A copy of the asbestos survey, notification and all amendments to the notification must be posted on-site. A copy must be maintained for two years.
- Removal Requirements
If asbestos containing material is identified by the survey, it must be removed and disposed of in accordance with Spokane Clean Air regulations, by persons appropriately trained and certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
In addition to Spokane Clean Air requirements, most building departments require a renovation and demolition permit (separate from Spokane Clean Air's Notice of Intent).
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has asbestos survey, notification and removal standards (WAC 296-62, 296-65, and 296-155). Click here for link to L & I's asbestos page. You may also contact L & I by phone: (509) 324-2526.
Renovation, demolition, and construction may be subject to lead regulations. The Department of Commerce’s administers EPA's Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule in Washington. Washington State Department of Ecology’s web page provides State Lead Regulations and Guidance for rules administered by the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the Department of Labor and Industries and WISHA.
Resources/Publications: Click here for various asbestos forms, publications and other resources.
Frequently-Asked Questions about Asbestos, click here.