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Demolition-Renovation Requirements

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									       as clapboard siding or shingles –           Mecklenburg County:
       that have a high probability of being
       crumbled or pulverized by the forces
                                                   Land Use and Environmental
                                                   Services Agency                                                  Demolition/Renovation
       expected to act on the material in the      Mecklenburg Air Quality
       course of the demolition or during          (704) 336-5430                                                      Requirements
       renovation.
   n   Remove all asbestos-containing           A Word of Caution
       materials from any building that
       will be demolished by intentional        This brochure is meant solely as a brief                                 North Carolina
       burning.                                 overview of North Carolina’s asbestos                                   Requirements for
                                                regulations pertaining to demolition and
   n   Dispose of all asbestos-containing
                                                renovation activities. Before owners or                               Demolition/Renovation
       materials in an approved landfill.
                                                operators become involved in demolition                               & Asbestos-Containing
                                                or renovation activities, they are encouraged
Where Do I Get Forms and                        to contact the HHCU at (919) 707-5950 to                                    Materials
                                                make sure they understand the applicable
Information?                                    regulations, accreditation and permitting
                                                requirements.
For more information, technical guidance,
applications or forms, visit our website at
www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/asbestos/ahmp.
html or contact:                                                      (Revised 11/2009)


Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU)
1912 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1912
(919) 707-5950

In Buncombe, Forsyth, and Mecklenburg
counties, local environmental agencies must       State of North Carolina • Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor              N.C. asbestos rules, regulations,
also be notified:                                         Department of Health and Human Services
                                                                                                                        and procedures and associated
                                                                  Lanier M. Cansler, Secretary
                                                                                                                       forms for demolition/renovation
   Buncombe County:                                                  Division of Public Health
                                                                                                                       notifications and asbestos permit
   WNC Regional Air Pollution                             Jeffrey P. Engel, M.D., State Health Director
                                                                  Health Hazards Control Unit
                                                                                                                      applications are available from the
   Control Agency
                                                        www.ncdhhs.gov • www.ncpublichealth.com                       N.C. Asbestos Hazard Management
   (828) 250-6777
                                                   N.C. DHHS is an equal opportunity employer and provider. 11/09             Program website at:
   Forsyth County:                                                                                                        www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/
   Environmental Affairs Department
                                                                                                                             asbestos/ahmp.html
   (336) 703-2440
                                                  United States Environmental Protection                  The inspection is used to determine
It’s the LAW                                      Agency (EPA) say, “Inspect and notify
                                                                                                      n
                                                                                                          the presence, type, location and
                                                  before you demolish or renovate” to                     amount of asbestos that may be pres-
The Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU)            prevent exposure to asbestos fibers, which              ent, and what state and federal rules
of the N.C. Department of Health & Human          are a serious threat to human health and                and regulations apply to the project.
Services, Division of Public Health, must be      can cause lung cancer and other serious
notified of plans to demolish a building,         diseases.                                        2) Permit/Notify. (Use form DHHS-3768,
including residences demolished for                                                                   Asbestos Permit Application and Notification
commercial or industrial expansion.               It’s not the asbestos that you see that hurts       for Demolition/Renovation)
                                                  you. It’s the small unseen fibers that you can
Notification of demolition is required by law                                                         n   An Asbestos Removal Permit must
                                                  breathe into your lungs that cause the
even if no asbestos is present in the building.                                                           be obtained from the HHCU if more
                                                  damage. Because of their shape, those fibers
                                                                                                          than 35 cubic feet, 160 square feet, or
                                                  tend to stay in your lungs where they can
Materials containing asbestos that can be                                                                 260 linear feet of regulated asbestos-
                                                  cause cancer and lead to other lung
crumbled or reduced to powder by hand                                                                     containing material is to be removed
                                                  diseases. It makes good sense to be careful
pressure must be removed prior to                                                                         from a building.
                                                  when working with asbestos or in buildings
demolition or renovation activities that will
                                                  where asbestos is present.                          n   A Demolition Notification must be
disturb the material. The removal must be
                                                                                                          submitted to the HHCU, even if no
done only by N.C.-accredited asbestos
                                                                                                          asbestos is present in the building.
professionals.                                    It’s NOT a Job for Amateurs
                                                                                                      n   Notifications and Asbestos Permit
Owners or operators must obtain an asbestos       Asbestos inspections and the removal of                 applications require an original
removal permit from the HHCU prior to any         regulated asbestos-containing materials                 signature and must be submitted to
renovation project that will disturb more than    in N.C. must be done by N.C.-accredited                 the HHCU 10 working days prior to
35 cubic feet, 160 square feet, or 260 linear     asbestos professionals. N.C.-accredited                 beginning demolition or renovation
feet of regulated asbestos-containing             professionals, such as asbestos contractors             activities.
material.                                         and inspectors, can be found on our website
                                                  or by contacting the HHCU.                          n   Projects that do not occur as
                                                                                                          originally notified require submission
Demolition notifications and asbestos
                                                                                                          of a revision form (HHCU 3768-R) to
removal permit applications are to be
submitted using the application form (DHHS-
                                                  What Should a Contractor or                             the HHCU.
3768). The application form can be found          Property Owner Do BEFORE
                                                                                                   3) Address the asbestos.
on our website or by contacting the HHCU.         Conducting a Demolition or
                                                                                                      n   Use N.C.-accredited professionals.
Note: Obtaining a demolition permit from          Renovation Activity?
the local city or county building inspections                                                         n   Adequately wet asbestos-containing
department does NOT satisfy or meet the           1) Inspect the facility for asbestos-                   materials at all times during the
notification requirements of the HHCU.               containing materials.                                demolition or renovation.

                                                     n   Buildings must be thoroughly                 n   Before beginning demolition or
It Makes Good Sense                                      inspected by a N.C.-accredited                   renovation activity, remove other
                                                         asbestos inspector before beginning              asbestos-containing materials – such
Many asbestos building products remain                   any demolition or renovation activity.           as asbestos cement board, also known
in use today. Both North Carolina and the

								
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