What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil1. It was widely used in many building materials including: insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring, and roofing materials, because the fibers are strong and fireproof.
Asbestos is hazardous if the fibers become airborne and are inhaled into the lungs. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can potentially cause lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Materials that contain asbestos generally do not release asbestos fibers into the air unless they are disturbed. Any asbestos-containing material that can easily be crumbled by hand is potentially hazardous. Likewise, any demolition or renovation activity that removes or damages asbestos-containing material can be hazardous if safety precautions are not taken to prevent the release of asbestos fibers.
More information can be found on the EPA website.
An Asbestos Notification Form should be completed and submitted to the Air Pollution Control Bureau at least 10 days in advance of any demolition project in Hamilton County, even if no asbestos is believed to be present. An asbestos survey performed by a state-accredited asbestos inspector must be submitted with the demolition notification.
The project is viewed as a whole and requires one application – multiple building demolitions will not receive individual permits if they are in the same project.
A demolition permit is required for:
- commercial or industrial demolitions and multi-unit buildings of more than four units
- a residential house that has been used for commercial purposes at any time during its existence
- the demolition of 2 or more houses during a project or
- a house that is demolished with other buildings.
Some renovation projects require that an Asbestos Notification be submitted to the APCB. A survey of the materials to be disturbed must be submitted with the Notification to determine if the project meets the requirements for a renovation permit.
The Asbestos Coordinator will inspect the project and ensure that any asbestos-containing material is discovered and handled properly.
A renovation permit is required for a commercial or industrial building when the removal of friable asbestos is more than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet.
Permit fees are required to be paid before the permit will be issued. The fees are on a sliding scale relative to the amount and type of asbestos in the project. Non-friable asbestos amounts of floor tile, sheet vinyl, mastic, and cement products are currently not counted against the fee schedule above the $200 minimum for asbestos removal. The APCB accepts cash or checks.
Check the website before each project to ensure that you are aware of any changes in asbestos regulations.
For more information, contact the Bureau’s Asbestos Coordinator at 423.643.5988.
The Asbestos Notification form may only be submitted through the following:
(1) Download it, fill it out, save it to your device and email it as an attachment to the Asbestos Coordinator. If an Asbestos Survey is required, it must be included with the application.
(2) Print and mail the completed application to the address above.
Demoltion, Renovation Projects, Asbestos Removals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that asbestos can cause cancer. In order to protect citizens from the health hazards presented by airborne asbestos fibers, all building demolitions and many renovation projects require a permit from the Air Pollution Control Bureau.
An application for an Asbestos Removal Permit, a Demolition Permit, or a Renovation Permit is to be completed and filed with the Bureau a minimum of 10 working days before the start of any:
Demolition Project: (with the exception of one private residence containing less than five (5) dwelling units where the property has not been used for commercial, business or institutional purposes) regardless of whether the building contains asbestos or not. Demolition is any wrecking or removal of any load-supporting structural member of a facility. An Asbestos Survey* and a permit are required.
Renovation Project is the altering a facility or one or more facility components in any way, including stripping or removal of regulated asbestos-containing materials (RACM) from a facility component. An Asbestos Survey* and a permit may be required.
Asbestos Removal Only Project is the removal of regulated asbestos-containing material or facility components that contain or are covered with regulated asbestos-containing material from any facility. A permit may be required.
*An Asbestos Survey includes an inspection, sample, and laboratory testing of suspected asbestos-containing materials. This must be conducted by an individual or company certified by the State of Tennessee.
- Asbestos Coordinator – John Schultz 423.643.5988 or email@example.com
- Air Pollution Control Bureau – 423.643.5970
- Asbestos Brochure
- Asbestos Survey Contractors**
- Asbestos Abatement Contractors**
- Asbestos Accredited Laboratories**
**The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau does not certify, endorse, or make any representations regarding the services offered by these companies. This list is merely provided for your convenience.