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Tips for Demolition in the State of Colorado
Plan ahead. This may take awhile.
In some cities in Colorado, the demolition process can be pretty lengthy. Depending on your location, there may be quite a bit that you have to do.
For example, in Denver, the permit process involves:
- State, Forestry, and Landmark approvals
- Wastewater, Denver Water, and Public Works approvals
- Affidavit and pre-inspection
- Building permit
- Final inspection
This is why it’s important to plan ahead for your demo project. Even if it doesn’t seem like a major demolition, it may take up to a few weeks to ensure the entire process is handled.
Obtain permits and provide notification prior to demolition.
10 days prior to beginning any demolition or asbestos abatement projects in the state of Colorado, you must provide notification detailing your project’s specifications and obtain a demolition permit.
This can be done by filling out a demolition notification application form and an asbestos abatement notification and permit application form.
There are fees associated with the asbestos notification and permit, but discuss who is responsible for obtaining permit(s) and paying fees with your contractor—sometimes they’ll handle the entire permitting process for you.
Always hire a contractor certified to perform demolition.
Hiring a qualified contractor is essential to successfully completing a demolition project. One of the ways to make sure you do this is by checking that the company you hire holds an up-to-date contractors license that permits them to perform demolition work.
These licenses are generally good for 12 months, and a legitimate company will have no problem verifying that they maintain all the up-to-date paperwork.
Confirm what will happen to all that debris.
Sometimes companies will include the cost of hauling and disposal in their quote for demolition, but that's not always the case. If the contractor you hire isn't going to take care of the debris for you, you'll have to dispose of it yourself. Typically the most convenient and affordable way to do that is by renting a dumpster.
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