Subject line: New DEQ rules require survey prior to demolition

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Hello. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) asked that we share the following information with contractors.

Temporary rules that became effective Jan. 1, 2016, require an asbestos survey prior to demolition of residential properties. Specifically:

  • An accredited surveyor must conduct the asbestos survey before demolition (removal of a load-bearing wall) at any residence constructed before Jan.1, 2004. The surveyor should supply his credentials upon request.
  • A copy of the asbestos survey must be kept on site and provided to DEQ upon request. 


DEQ can grant a waiver of the survey requirement if requested in writing and documentation proves to DEQ's satisfaction that there is no asbestos-containing material present. An asbestos survey is not required if all of the material will be handled and disposed of as asbestos-containing material.

Also, non-residential buildings undergoing remodeling and demolition have always required an asbestos survey. This has not changed. 


Visit the DEQ’s asbestos webpage

Or, contact the office nearest you:

Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties: Call the Western Region – Salem Office to contact Dottie Boyd at 503-378-5086 or 800-349-7677.

Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties: Call the Western Region – Coos Bay Office to contact Martin Abts at 541-269-2721, ext. 222.

Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties: Call the Eastern Region – Pendleton Office to contact Tom Hack at 541-278-4626 or 800-304-3513. 

Lane County: Call the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency at 541-736-1056.

Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman and Wasco counties: Call the Eastern Region – Bend Office to contact Frank Messina at 541-633-2019 or 866-863-6668.

Jackson, Josephine and Eastern Douglas counties: Call the Western Region – Medford Office to contact Steven Croucher at 541-776-6107 or 877-823-3216.

Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties: Call the Northwest Region – Portland Office to contact Susan Farland at 503-229-5982 or 800-452-4011.


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