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Asbestos in Building Materials

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Contact: (916) 874-4800 or asbestos@airquality.org

Asbestos Informational Brochure -- Summary of Rule 902 Requirements 

Why is Asbestos Regulated?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that Asbestos is a carcinogen.  When building materials containing asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers may be released and if inhaled can cause serious illnesses. 

In order to prevent the release of asbestos emissions and reduce illnesses relating to construction activity, the EPA delegated authority to the SacMetro AQMD to enforce the federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) through local district Rule 902 Asbestos

The SacMetro AQMD works with local planning agencies and building departments to identify construction projects subject to Rule 902.  Those projects include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Demolition of public, commercial or industrial facilities such as gas stations, hospitals, schools, apartments, condominiums, office buildings and in some cases single family residences

  • Demolition of bridges, cell towers, rail cars, canopies and swimming pools

  • Renovations in regulated facilities where greater than 160 square feet, 260 linear feet, or 35 cubic feet of suspect asbestos containing materials are disturbed

  • Fire training burns

  • Demolition of  Residential complexes with 5 or more units

​Asbestos Surveys & Building Permits

Obtain an Asbestos Survey

An asbestos survey conducted by a Certified Asbestos Consultant will identify all of the asbestos present in your construction project. 

To find a comprehensive list of Certified Asbestos Consultants in Sacramento County, please visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations webpage at:

http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/doshcaccsst/caccsst_query_1.html

Once you have hired a Certified Asbestos Consultant, provide them this Asbestos Renovation/Demolition Survey & Notification Form (notification) and have them complete and sign box 7.  You fill out the rest of the form.

Submit the Completed Asbestos Survey to the SacMetro AQMD

Once a survey is completed, submit it and the notification form to asbestos@airquality.org for review. 

Within two business days of submitting the survey and the notification, SacMetro AQMD will either approve or return the notification to you for corrections.  If approved, the SacMetro AQMD will stamp the notification and return it to you. 

Submit the Survey to the Building Department to Clear a Hold

You will need to take the approved notification to the building department to receive your building permit, provided you have met all other building department requirements.  

There is currently no fee to review a notification where no asbestos is being impacted and no demolition is being completed for your project. If the asbestos survey determines regulated asbestos containing materials (RACM) are present in your facility and they are part of your renovation or demolition project, additional forms, fees and notification time periods may be required.

Demolition & Asbestos Abatement Notifications

Follow the same procedure above for obtaining an Asbestos Survey when submitting a Notification for a Demolition Project of any size.

Please submit an Asbestos Abatement Notification Form for projects involving removal of jurisdictional amounts of Regulated Asbestos Containing Materials.  Jurisdictional amounts are >160 square, 260 linear and 35 cubic feet.

There is a 10 business day notification period for demolition projects and asbestos abatement projects. 

A minimum fee of $435 for demolition and asbestos abatement notifications is required.  Pay online via credit card or in person by check or credit card.  See complete fee schedule below.

Notifications, or revisions to existing notifications, can be submitted to the SacMetro AQMD for review by visiting in person, sending the notification by mail or by emailing the form to asbestos@airquality.org

Within two business days of submitting the Demolition or Asbestos Abatement notification, SacMetro AQMD will either approve  and send the notification to you, or return the notification for corrections. 

​Important Documents & Links

 

 

CARB EPA Advisoryhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/CARBFireTrainingAdvisoryJune2001.pdfCARB EPA AdvisoryCalifornia Air Resources Board/EPA advisory on fire department training burn requirementsLinks
Asbestos NESHAPhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/NESHAPS 40 CFR Ch 61.pdfAsbestos NESHAPThis is Federal EPA's regulation for AsbestosLinks
Managing Asbestos Wastehttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/managing asbestos waste.pdfManaging Asbestos WasteThis is a DTSC Guidance Document Links

 

 

Asbestos Abatement Notification Formhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/NotificationForm.pdfAsbestos Abatement Notification FormForm for Asbestos Abatement ContractorsForms
Asbestos Renovation/Demolition & Notification Formhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/RenoDemoForm.pdfAsbestos Renovation/Demolition & Notification FormForm for Building Department Permit and Demolition ApplicantsForms
Survey Formhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/Survey.pdfSurvey FormForm for Asbestos ConsultantsForms
Survey Form Instructionshttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/SurveyInstructions.pdfSurvey Form InstructionsInstructions for Conducting an Asbestos Survey in Sacramento CountyForms

 

 

Pressure Differential Requirementshttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/adv 17-01 Pressure Differential Requirement.pdfPressure Differential RequirementsAdvisories
Asbestos in Concretehttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/adv 16-02 Asbestos in Concrete 16-02.pdfAsbestos in ConcreteAdvisories
Asbestos Surveyhttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/adv 10-03 asbestos survey.pdfAsbestos SurveyAdvisories
Fire Burn Memohttp://www.airquality.org/StationarySources/Documents/TRAININGFireMemo20040525.pdfFire Burn MemoAQMD memo on fire department training burn requirementsAdvisories

Plan Fees

(Rule 304 Plan Fees)

​ ​ ​ ​ASBESTOS PLAN FEE SCHEDULE – RENOVATION AND DEMOLITION PROJECTS

​ ​Units of Asbestos to be Removed/Disturbed
Linear Feet​Square Feet​Cubic Feet​Fee
​0-259*​0-159*​0-34*​$435*
​260-499​160-499​35-109​$435
​500-999​500-999​110-218​$635
​1,000-2,499​1,000-2,499​219-547​$935
​2,500-4,999​2,500-4,999​548-1,094​$1,335
​5,000-9,999​5,000-9,999​1,095-2,188​$1,835
​10,000 or more​10,000 or more​2,189 or more​$2,335
* This category applies to demolition projects only.

** If materials are in more than one category, the higher fee will apply.

 

​Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

A. Why are asbestos surveys required by law?A. Why are asbestos surveys required by law?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and enforce regulations to protect the general public from exposure to airborne contaminants that are known to be hazardous to human health. In accordance with Section 112 of the CAA, EPA established National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) to protect the public. Asbestos was one of the first hazardous air pollutants regulated under Section 112. On March 31, 1971, EPA identified asbestos as a hazardous pollutant, and on April 6, 1973, EPA first promulgated the Asbestos NESHAPS in 40 CFR Part 61. The Sacramento AQMD administers an asbestos removal program under Rule 902, Asbestos.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
B. In what instances is an asbestos inspection/survey required? B. In what instances is an asbestos inspection/survey required? <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>SacMetro AQMD Asbestos Rule 902 requires a thorough inspection for the presence of asbestos prior to the start of all renovations and/or demolitions of any “facility”.  As defined in the regulation, a "facility" is any institutional, commercial, public, industrial or residential structure, installation or building (including any structure, installation or building containing condominiums, or individual dwelling units, operated as a residential cooperative, but excluding residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units); any ship; or any active or inactive waste disposal site. Any building, structure or installation that contains a loft used as a dwelling is not considered residential. Any structure, installation, or building that was previously subject to the Rule 902 is not excluded, regardless of its current use or function. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
C. Who is responsible for submitting a notification -- the owner of the building, which is being demolished or renovated, or the contractor?C. Who is responsible for submitting a notification -- the owner of the building, which is being demolished or renovated, or the contractor?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>SacMetro AQMD Asbestos Rule 902 states that either the owner of the building or operator of the demolition or renovation operation can submit the notification. Usually, the two parties decide together who will notify. If no adequate notice is provided, one or both parties can be held liable. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
D. How big does my project have to be in order to be subject to Asbestos Rule 902?D. How big does my project have to be in order to be subject to Asbestos Rule 902?<p> Asbestos Rule 902 must be followed for all renovations of facilities with at least 160 square or 260 linear feet of suspect asbestos containing materials. These amounts are known as the "threshold" amounts.  </p><p>Demolitions of any size are jurisdictional requiring notification to the Sacramento AQMD prior to commencement of the project.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
E. Will SacMetro AQMD test my building for asbestos for me? E. Will SacMetro AQMD test my building for asbestos for me? <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>No. Owners and operators are responsible for arranging testing by a Certified Asbestos Consultant prior to commencement of construction.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
F. Am I required to submit a notification form for a renovation/demolition project when no asbestos is present?F. Am I required to submit a notification form for a renovation/demolition project when no asbestos is present?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes.  All renovations with jurisdictional amounts of "suspect" asbestos containing building materials and demolitions of any size require notifications to be submitted to the SacMetro AQMD prior to project commencement.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
G. Do I need to get an asbestos survey before the Building Department will issue my permit?G. Do I need to get an asbestos survey before the Building Department will issue my permit?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes.  The building department will issue you the Asbestos Renovation/Demolition Survey & Notification Form which must be completed and submitted to SacMetro AQMD  for approval before you begin your project. The Asbestos Renovation/Demolition Survey & Notification Form and other applicable forms are also available at <a href="/" target="_blank">www.airquality.org</a>.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
H. Are recently constructed facilities subject to the asbestos regulations? H. Are recently constructed facilities subject to the asbestos regulations? <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes. There is no exclusion date in the asbestos regulations for new facilities.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
I. Are single-family private residences regulated by the Asbestos Rule 902?I. Are single-family private residences regulated by the Asbestos Rule 902?<p> Under most circumstances, no. Please call the SacMetro AQMD Asbestos Staff if you want a jurisdictional determination for your project. </p>
J. Are single-family private residences that are demolished or renovated to build non-residential structures regulated by the Asbestos Rule 902?J. Are single-family private residences that are demolished or renovated to build non-residential structures regulated by the Asbestos Rule 902?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes. For example, the Asbestos Rule 902 regulates multiple residential structures that are demolished as part of an urban renewal project, a highway construction project, or a project to develop a shopping mall. A single home which is converted into a non-residential structure is also regulated by the Asbestos Rule 902. For example, if someone buys a house and converts it into a grocery store, the renovation is subject to the Asbestos Rule 902. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
K. What is a renovation? K. What is a renovation? <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>A renovation is altering a facility or one or more facility components in any way, including the stripping or removal of Regulated Asbestos Containing Materials (RACM) from a facility component. It includes (but is not limited to) any interior or exterior remodel project disturbing and or removing RACM but does not affect load-supporting structural members.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
L. What is a demolition?L. What is a demolition?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>A demolition means the relocating, wrecking or taking out of any load-supporting structural member of a facility together with any related handling operations or the intentional burning (i.e. training burns) of any facility.  Moving portable buildings is considered a demolition by the EPA. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
M. Does the SacMetro AQMD provide consultation for renovation/demolition projects?M. Does the SacMetro AQMD provide consultation for renovation/demolition projects?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes.  Consultation hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
N. Is there an "official" renovation/demolition notification form?N. Is there an "official" renovation/demolition notification form?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Yes. The building department will issue the notification form at the beginning of your project or you may obtain the form and instructions on how to fill it out at <a href="/" target="_blank">www.airquality.org</a>. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
O. Can I pay demolition or asbestos abatement fees online?O. Can I pay demolition or asbestos abatement fees online?<p>​Asbestos abatement and Demolition notification fees may be paid online at:</p><p><a href="https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/7526" target="_blank">https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/7526</a>.</p>
P. Is there a fee for notifying renovations with no asbestos being disturbed on the project?P. Is there a fee for notifying renovations with no asbestos being disturbed on the project?<p>​No.</p>
Q. What are the fees for demolitions and asbestos abatement projects?Q. What are the fees for demolitions and asbestos abatement projects?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Standard fee for single demolition projects and small asbestos abatement projects <500 square feet is $435.00.  Please call SacMetro AQMD at (916) 874-4800 for the fee schedule for larger abatement projects or visit <a href="/" target="_blank">www.airquality.org</a>.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
R. What is the notification time period for renovations with no asbestos impacted?R. What is the notification time period for renovations with no asbestos impacted?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Most renovation notifications with no asbestos impacted are reviewed and returned during the same business day but can take up to 2 days to process depending on staff availability and other scheduling considerations.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
S. What is the notification time period for demolitions or asbestos abatement projects?S. What is the notification time period for demolitions or asbestos abatement projects?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>There is a 10-day notification period for demolitions and asbestos abatement projects. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
T. Where do I send my notification?T. Where do I send my notification?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>The completed notification form (and fees when applicable) may be submitted to the SacMetro AQMD by:</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:asbestos@airquality.org" target="_blank">asbestos@airquality.org</a></p><p>Fax: (916) 874-4899</p><p>US Mail or Hand Delivery:</p><p>777 12th Street, 3rd Floor</p><p>Sacramento, CA  95814</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
U. What asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are regulated under the Asbestos Rule 902? U. What asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are regulated under the Asbestos Rule 902? <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>ACM regulated under the Rule 902 is referred to as "Regulated Asbestos-Containing Material" (RACM). RACM is defined in Rule 902 and includes: (1) Friable asbestos-containing material; (2) Category I non-friable ACM that has become friable; (3) Category I non-friable ACM that has been or will be sanded, ground, cut, or abraded; or (4) Category II non-friable ACM that has already been or is likely to become crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
V. What will happen if I violate the Asbestos Rule 902?V. What will happen if I violate the Asbestos Rule 902?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Sanctions vary. In some cases, Notices to Comply (NTC) -- written warnings -- or Notices of Violation (NOVs) are issued to owners or operators who violate notification requirements. Violators of the work practice or disposal standards may be subject to NOVs and/or civil penalties up to $75,000 per day per violation, depending upon the seriousness of the violation. Federal EPA may also bring criminal charges against violators. Some owners and operators who have knowingly violated the Federal EPA Asbestos Rule have been sentenced to prison terms. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>For more information on penalties and enforcement, see the EPA Public Information Document entitled "Asbestos NESHAP Enforcement." </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>
W. What is the maximum penalty which can be assessed for Asbestos Rule 902 violations?W. What is the maximum penalty which can be assessed for Asbestos Rule 902 violations?<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>$75,000 per day, per violation, with no absolute maximum, per the California Health & Safety Code. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>

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