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Requirements Prior to Demolition

DEFINITION: “Demolition Project”

Utah Administrative Code (UAC) defines a “Demolition Project” as the wrecking, salvage, or removal of any load-supporting structural member of a regulated facility together with any related handling operations, or the intentional burning of any regulated facility. This includes the moving of an entire building, but excludes the moving of structures, vehicles, or equipment with permanently attached axles, such as trailers, motor homes, and mobile homes that are specifically designed to be moved.

Note: the definition of the term “demolition” may vary significantly between agencies.

State and federal code requires the completion of the following steps before demolition begins.

 START HERE: 7 Requirements Prior to Demolition

1. Complete Asbestos Inspection & Report

It is the demolition contractor’s responsibility to ensure that all structure(s) to be demolished are inspected for asbestos containing materials prior to demolition. Regardless of age or past, present, or future use of a structure/building, an asbestos inspection must be performed by a Utah certified asbestos inspector working for a Utah certified asbestos company.

2. If necessary, remove asbestos-containing materials

Based on the findings provided in the asbestos inspection report, friable (crumbly, powdery, soft) Regulated Asbestos-Containing Materials (RACM) in a structure to be demolished must be removed by a Utah certified asbestos contractor prior to demolition.

3. Apply for Demolition Notification Form

The responsible demolition contractor may apply for a demolition notification form  from the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) by submitting a properly completed form with payment to asbestos@utah.gov.

Please note: Both federal regulations and the Utah asbestos rules require a minimum ten-working day (two week) waiting period between the date your demolition notification form application is submitted to the DAQ, and the date you can start the demolition.

The dates on the form must be the actual dates when demolition activities are being performed. The demolition dates are NOT a window of opportunity or time when demolition may occur.


There is a base fee of $27.50 then a per unit fee of $55 for every 5000 sq ft unit or parts thereof.

4. Receive an “Accepted” Demolition Notification Form

DAQ will review the form and will contact the applicant to correct any deficiencies. Upon receipt of a properly completed form with payment, the demolition contractor will receive an “Accepted” form.

If you have not received your accepted form by the scheduled start date, you are strongly advised to contact DAQ several business days prior to the start date to check the status of your form.

You may NOT start the project if you do not have an Accepted Demolition Notification Form.

5. Revise the Accepted Demolition Notification Form if Needed

If you are unable to start on your accepted start date you must revise the notification by making the changes on the form and emailing it to asbestos@utah.gov before, but no later than, the accepted start date.

If you finish early or need more time you must revise the notification as well.

There is no charge for revisions and you can make as many revisions as needed.

6. Contact other permitting regulatory agencies

It is the demolition contractor’s responsibility to ensure all municipal, county, state, and federal requirements have been satisfied prior to beginning the demolition.

PLEASE BE AWARE! A permit issued from one regulatory agency does NOT constitute approval or a permit to proceed from any other regulatory agency.

7. Create a Fugitive Dust Plan

Any demolition activity in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber counties requires a dust control plan. Fugitive Dust Control Plan submittal.

More Resources

Professional Asbestos Service Providers in Utah



This website presents a list of requirements prior to demolition of any structure subject to State of Utah administrative rules, and Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations which are administered by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ). Actions completed under this guidance document do not constitute satisfaction of any other regulatory or permitting agency outside of those administered by DAQ. The responsible contractor is advised to contact other regulatory and permitting agencies independently to ensure all requirements set forth by those agencies are satisfied prior to performance of intended work.

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