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All facilities (except residential buildings that have (4) four or fewer dwelling units) must be inspected by an Indiana licensed asbestos inspector prior to the commencement of demolition or renovation activities.
If the inspector finds the presence of (RACM) regulated asbestos-containing material (asbestos that may be in danger of becoming airborne) in the areas where the demolition or renovation operation will occur then the demolition, renovation, or asbestos removal activities must be performed in accordance with the proper notification and emission control requirements outlined in 326 IAC 14-10 as well as those in the Federal Register Title 40 CFR 61, Subpart M (61.140 - 61.157).
Even if no asbestos is present in the facility, proper notification of demolition or renovation activity requirements must still be followed.
Homeowners are exempt from notification and removal requirements but not all disposal requirements. For more information, see this guidance document on asbestos waste disposal for homeowners [PDF].
Demolition is the wrecking or taking out of any load-supporting structures of a facility or the intentional burning of any facility, while renovation is the altering of a facility or one (1) or more of a facility's components in any way, including the stripping or removal of regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) from a facility component.
Varying notification and emission control procedures must be followed depending on the reasons/cause for demolition or renovation and on the amount and type of asbestos found at the site of demolition or renovation.
If no asbestos is found where a renovation activity will occur, the owner or operator does not need to notify IDEM before beginning the activity. Additionally, the following renovation projects involving small-scale RACM removal are exempt from notification requirements:
If no asbestos is found where a demolition activity will occur, the owner or operator must still notify IDEM within 10 working days of the activity.
To obtain a notification form, go to the IDEM Forms page, or call (317) 232-4861, or email "info at idem.in.gov".
For any demolition project (or renovation project > 25 LnFt, 15 SqFt, or 35 CuFt) in Marion County the City of Indianapolis must also be notified using the same form. The notice must include among other things:
If asbestos is found where the demolition or renovation activity will occur, in most instances, the operator of the activity must provide the notification information above as well as additional information, some of which may include (but not limited to):
While the specific requirements and standards for proper emission control of asbestos demolition and renovation operations may differ depending on the reason/cause for demolition or renovation and on the amount and type of asbestos found at the site, much of the following will apply:
Nonasbestos containing material and limited nonfriable asbestos (asbestos that has a low probability of becoming airborne if disturbed) containing material may be disposed of by normal means, such as in a construction demolition landfill. However, RACM is subject to special disposal requirements such as:
Those involved in the business of removing asbestos must obtain a license from IDEM to work in Indiana.
For asbestos removal projects in Marion County the City of Indianapolis must be notified and permits obtained. Permits are not required for owners doing the work themselves on single family residences, but the City still must be notified.
Those engaging in Asbestos removal projects are encouraged to contact their health departments to ensure that any local ordinances governing asbestos are being followed.
Notifications are reviewed for timeliness/completeness and if the notices are not timely/complete a warning letter is sent to the individual who submitted the notice.
There is a $50 asbestos demolition/renovation fee for those projects involving less than 2,600 linear feet of friable asbestos containing materials on pipes, or 1,600 square feet or 400 cubic feet of friable asbestos containing material on other facility components. Demolition or renovation projects involving greater than these amounts of friable asbestos must pay a fee of $150. IDEM bills owners/operators who submit asbestos demolition/renovation notifications on a quarterly basis.
To learn more about asbestos handling and emission control requirements contact:
For more information on proper asbestos disposal contact:
For information on the protection of employees from airborne asbestos in the workplace contact the Indiana Department of Labor:
The following asbestos documents are available on the IDEM Nonrule Policies page:
See also: Asbestos Licensing Requirements