Asbestos NESHAP Program

This page last reviewed April 26, 2018

The Asbestos Program enforces compliance with the federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulation for asbestos and investigates all related complaints, as specified by HSC Section 39658(b)(1)

Of the 35 air districts in California, 16 of these districts do not have an asbestos program in place. In these "non-delegated" districts, a demolition/renovation notification is required for compliance with the Asbestos NESHAP. (Please Note: this notification is not equivalent to a permit.) ARB reviews and investigates the notifications.

The program also administers two annual statewide asbestos NESHAP task force meetings for air districts and U.S. EPA to facilitate communication and enforcement continuity, and assists U.S. EPA in training district staff to enforce the asbestos NESHAP.

Please Note: The Air Resources Board does not have the authority to issue an asbestos license or accreditation for abatement or training.

For Contractor's Certification, contact the Contractors State License Board at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).

For Asbestos Training and Inspections, contact the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) at 916-263-0704.

Notification of Renovation or Demolition

There are no fees associated with the notification for asbestos removal and or demolition in the following Counties in Non-Delegated Air Districts.

The Asbestos NESHAP regulation, 40 CFR, Subpart M, Section 61.145 requires written notification of demolition or renovation operations. The notification forms linked in the boxes below may be used to fulfill this requirement. Only complete and accurate notification forms are accepted. Submittal of incomplete or inaccurate notification forms may result in enforcement action.

Asbestos Notification Form (pdf)

The notification form should be typewritten and postmarked or delivered no later than ten working days prior to the beginning of the asbestos removal activity and/or demolition. This notification is required for demolition EVEN IF THERE IS NO ASBESTOS PRESENT.

This notification is not a permit.

Please visit the Asbestos NESHAP Notification Instructions web page for detailed information about how to fill out the Asbestos Notification Form and where to send it.

Location of Asbestos Activity

The Air Resources Board requires that a notification be sent to ARB and U.S. EPA for those renovations and/or demolitions taking place in a Non-Delegated Air District. The following counties fall within Non-Delegated Air Districts.

Counties in Non-Delegated Air Districts
Amador (Amador County APCD)
Butte (Butte County AQMD)
Calaveras (Calaveras County APCD)
Colusa (Colusa County APCD)
El Dorado (El Dorado County AQMD)
Glenn (Glenn County APCD)
Imperial (Imperial County APCD)

Lassen (Lassen County APCD)
Mariposa (Mariposa County APCD)
Nevada (Northern Sierra AQMD)
Placer (Placer County APCD)
Plumas (Northern Sierra AQMD)
Shasta (Shasta County APCD)

Sierra (Northern Sierra AQMD)
Siskiyou (Siskiyou County ACPD)
Sutter (Feather River AQMD)
Tehema (Tehema County ACPD)
Tuolumne (Tuolumne County APCD)
Yuba (Feather River AQMD)


If your renovation or demolition is NOT taking place in any of the above counties, please contact your local Air District for information regarding reporting asbestos activity. For a map of California's delegated and non-delegated Air Pollution Control Districts, please visit the Asbestos NESHAP Enforcement Map.

If you have further questions regarding the Asbestos NESHAP Program or notification details, please contact Enforcement Division-Asbestos Enforcement at 1-833-280-0270.