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Helpful Tips for Demolition in Arizona
Have your home inspected for hazardous materials prior to demolition.
Before starting demolition, a certified Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) building inspector should inspect your home, or the area in which demolition will take place, for asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality — Air Quality Division closely monitors demolition for proper notification and control of asbestos emissions, so even if there is no asbestos present, you must provide the agency overseeing the site with a National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) notification no less than 10 business days before starting demolition.
Learn more about asbestos renovation and demolition requirements, or contact ADEQ directly:
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Compliance Section
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
You’ll need to apply for a permit before you can demolish anything.
Specific requirements for permits will vary from area-to-area, but generally speaking, you’ll need to fill out a form and include various documents, like a site plan that indicates:
- Project location
- Lot dimensions and all property lines
- All adjacent streets with name of street
- All structures on property, labeling structures to be demolished
- Sanitary facilities, dumpster, temporary fence, etc.
- Location of all gas/water meters, sewer lines, underground electrical lines, and/or overhead lines/poles
Generally speaking, this will require a permit fee of roughly $100. However, the contractor you hire may handle all of this, including the permit fee, so always be sure to discuss this with them.
Your demolition contractor is required to have appropriate licensing.
Any company that performs or contracts demolition services is required to be a licensed contractor, so always be sure that who you hire meets that criteria.
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Ensure the demolition debris is disposed of properly.
If your demolition contractor isn’t responsible for hauling the debris, you’ll have to handle that part yourself.
Construction and demolition (C&D) debris landfills, or non-municipal solid waste landfills, typically accept most of the debris generated during demolition.
Renting a dumpster is a great way to maintain that demolition mess.
If your demolition contractor doesn’t include the price of hauling in their quote, renting a dumpster is a great way to get rid of the debris properly.
Learn more about dumpster costs: