Asbestos Notification Requirements
About the Pinellas County Asbestos Program
The Pinellas County Asbestos Program investigates complaints, cooperates with state and local agencies for asbestos project notification, and inspects demolition and renovation projects to ensure the proper removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials.
Many renovation or demolition projects require notification. Please continue reading this web page and also visit the Asbestos Notifications, Fee Processing, & Fee Schedule web page for more information.
To access the Asbestos Notification Form, please visit the Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal to set up an account and
create an application.
For your convenience, please view the step-by-step guide to Creating an Asbestos Application in the Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal.
If you are unable to create a Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal account, access the appropriate electronic notification form:
Asbestos Removal Project form or Demolition Project form.
For a current copy of the paper application, please call (727) 464-4422 or email AirQualityAsbestos@pinellascounty.org.
- 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 or an apartment building 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 does 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?
Notifications must be submitted through one of four methods:
- The Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal is the preferred method as you will be able to self-manage your projects. By using this application, you will be able to upload documents, make revisions and pay the applicable fee in one place.
- Using the electronic forms for abatement or demolition. You will be able to upload documents during the initial submittal but will not be able to make revisions or pay the fee using this method:
- The older PDF forms are acceptable, and they may be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed. You must include any additional documents and fees concurrently. For a current copy of the paper application, please call (727) 464-4422 or email AirQualityAsbestos@pinellascounty.org.
- The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection electronic notification system is acceptable. You will be able to upload documents and make revisions using this system. You will not be able to pay the associated fee and additional information may be requested.
Asbestos surveys for demolition may be transmitted as electronic copies through the State system, uploaded via the Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal, or may be submitted either by hand delivery, mail, or email.
- Are there waiting periods associated with notification requirements?
Yes, completed notifications submitted by the following methods, with all documentation and associated fees, will start the waiting period as described below:
- Notification completed through the Pinellas County Citizen Access Portal will be date-stamped when submitted.
- Notification completed using these electronic forms will be date-stamped when submitted:
- Notification completed using the PDF forms will be date-stamped when received via email by the Air Quality Asbestos Section.
- Notification completed and submitted through the postal service will be date-stamped by postmark.
- Notification completed and delivered by other methods will be date-stamped upon receipt by the Air Quality Asbestos Section.
- When must notifications be completed and submitted?
Completed notifications, with all documentation and associated fees, must be submitted as described below:
- 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).
- Does a permit or advisory statement from the local building department meet the NESHAP notification requirement?
No, a permit or advisory statement from the local building department DOES NOT MEET the NESHAP notification requirement. All required Asbestos NESHAP notifications must be submitted directly to Pinellas County Air Quality Division (PCAQD).
- 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 the 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.