Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral formerly used in building materials primarily as an insulator or fire retardant. Today, asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard.
Though it is often desirable or necessary to remove asbestos, its removal is highly regulated in order to protect public health. You may have to obtain a permit for asbestos removal.
The first step in determining if your demolition or renovation project requires a permit is to determine the type of structure that will be affected. THD regulates demolition and renovation projects involving institutional, commercial, public, industrial or residential structures. An exception to this regulation is a single residential structure that contains four or fewer dwelling units. Due to this exception, most residential single family home renovations do not require a permit.
If you are involved in a remodeling, renovation, demolition or other project and think you have an asbestos problem, please call THD at 918-595-4200. Our environmental specialists can help you apply for a permit, if needed, and determine the jurisdiction for regulating the asbestos removal.