Air Quality: Asbestos / Notification Requirements
- Who is responsible?
Any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the facility being demolished or renovated or any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises the demolition or renovation operation, or both are responsible to notify. The responsible person(s), or entity is not limited to, owners, consultants, contractors, and subcontractors. Consultants are included when performing asbestos surveys, supervising renovation or demolition operations, or providing written notification.
- What projects are exempt?
Only a single (1) family residential home, and apartment buildings with four (4) dwellings or less, is exempt from notification. All other structures and buildings are regulated and must comply with asbestos notification requirements. This exemption would not apply if multiple single family homes or apartment buildings of four (4) dwellings or less are part of a larger project. Call Air Quality before proceeding.
- What forms do I use for notifications?
Pinellas County notification forms can be found here.
- What are the notification requirements?
The rules require that the written notification be mailed or hand delivered:
- Ten (10) working days prior to a demolition. This includes buildings where no asbestos is present.
- Ten (10) working days prior to a renovation operation, if the amount of asbestos material stripped or removed is greater than 160 square feet on facility components or 260 linear feet on pipes, 35 cubic feet.
- One (1) day prior to demolition, if the building has been declared structurally unsound and in danger of imminent collapse by a State or local governmental agency (a building official must make this determination).
- How do I know if I have asbestos in my building?
An asbestos survey is required before any renovation or demolition activity begins. A copy of the survey report must be kept on-site during renovations, and a copy must be attached to the written notification for demolitions. Asbestos surveys must be performed by a State Licensed asbestos consultant.
- Who can remove asbestos-containing material?
All removal, handling, or other related activities associated with asbestos-containing materials must be done by a Florida Licensed Asbestos Contractor. Licensure as an asbestos contractor is not required, if certain criteria are met, for the moving, removal, or disposal of asbestos-containing roofing materials, resilient flooring materials, and exterior conduit or piping. Supervisors and/or workers must be trained in accordance with Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) requirements. All employers of workers who require employees to handle asbestos must comply with the U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA regulations.
- If I have a survey done, and do not disturb any asbestos, do I have to notify?
If you have an asbestos survey of the affected areas, and do not disturb any asbestos, you must maintain the asbestos report on the job site during all renovation activities. A written notification is not required for renovation activities, when no asbestos containing materials are disturbed. All demolitions require notification, even when no asbestos is present.