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Asbestos is a natural mineral that was extensively used in building materials and construction before it was discovered to cause serious and fatal illnesses. That’s why today there are strict regulations regarding the use of asbestos. For the purposes of this article, we’ll walk you through the asbestos-related procedures and documents required before any demolition and renovation begins.

When Do You Need an Asbestos Survey?

In Northern California, when a building or structure needs to be demolished and/or renovated, it must be surveyed for asbestos first. The organization that oversees this process is the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). This group created the Asbestos Demolition and Regulation program to regulate how asbestos is handled and disposed of when it comes to demolition and renovation.

Who is Required to Get the Survey?

Construction and demolition companies as well as property owners must have their asbestos survey testing completed and submitted to BAAQMD. This asbestos test must be conducted by a trained and accredited asbestos professional.

Who is Licensed to Conduct the Asbestos Tests?

The asbestos survey tests can be conducted by environmental testing and consulting experts that are certified by Cal-OSHA, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Where to Find Licensed Asbestos Testing Professionals

For an accredited asbestos survey expert, contractors and owners can email Adviro for an appointment at info@goadviro.com or call (804) 667-9667. Our team is knowledgeable and highly skilled at finding asbestos-containing materials (ACM). As a leading environmental consulting and testing company, we can provide all the necessary information you need for BAAQMD.

The Asbestos Survey is Required to Get a J# Permit

Officially known as Asbestos Demolition and Renovation Notification / Job Number, the J# Permit is another document that is required and must be obtained from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

How to Get a J# Permit

Once your asbestos survey is complete, the information from the survey must be submitted online. If asbestos removal is needed, you can still apply for the J# demolition permit before any asbestos abatement begins on the project.

Deadlines for Notifications of Abatement

You (contractors and/or homeowners) must notify the Air District 10 business days before:
• Any renovation involving the removal of 100 sq. ft. or more, 100 linear ft. or more, or 35 cubic feet or more of asbestos.
• Every demolition regardless of asbestos content.
For residential buildings of four or fewer dwelling units, they may notify the Air District 72 hours in advance with the payment of an additional fee.

If Notification is Approved, BAAQMD Issues an Approval Letter and J#
For notifications that are approved, contractors and homeowners will immediately receive an Asbestos Demolition/Renovation job number (J#) with a letter of approval as proof of notification.

Online Payment Requirements for J# Permit

To get the J# Permit, payments must be made in full.

    • VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted, and will incur a 2.95% service fee.
    • eCheck payments from checking and savings accounts are also accepted, and will incur a $1.00 service fee.


FAQs on J# Demolition Permits in California

  1. Where can I get an asbestos survey prior to getting a J# Permit?
    Contact Adviro Environmental Testing at info@goadviro.com or call (804) 667-9667.

  2. Where can I get a J# Permit and information on asbestos removal and building demolition in California? https://www.baaqmd.gov/permits/asbestos
  3. Who needs to fill out the Asbestos Demolition and Renovation Notification?

    Contractors or homeowners who are going to do the work.

  4. Who can I call about asbestos removal and a J# Permit?

    BAAQMD Asbestos Technician Asbestos, Compliance & Enforcement
    Phone number:  415.749.4762
    Email:  asbestosjobs@baaqmd.gov

BAAQMD Permit Assistance • Engineering
General Engineering Information
Phone number: 415.749.4762 (same number as above)
Email: permits@baaqmd.gov


Editor’s note: This post was originally published  in December 31, 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.