South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1403: Asbestos Regulations in SoCal

Mar 25, 2024

What is SCAQMD & Rule 1403?

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is a government agency covering Southern California counties, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino. It enforces U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asbestos regulations.

Rule 1403 outlines guidelines for notifying and implementing practices to control asbestos emissions during building demolition and renovation. It is mandatory in California to submit asbestos demolition or renovation notification forms to your city’s permitting office before obtaining a permit. Local authorities oversee asbestos notification procedures.

Ordering a Pre-Project Asbestos Survey

Rule 1403 mandates an asbestos survey before any construction or demolition, regardless of the building’s size or age. If asbestos-containing material is found, an asbestos removal specialist, like EBI, must be hired to remove it before proceeding with construction or demolition.

When is Rule 1403 Notification Required?

You must notify SCAQMD for any demolition and asbestos removal projects involving buildings 100 square feet or larger. The notification form must be submitted at least 14 days before starting any demolition project, even if no asbestos was found during the survey, to ensure due diligence. The same applies if 100 square feet or more of asbestos is being removed.

Penalties for Not Abiding by Rule 1403

Failure to perform a pre-project asbestos survey or failure to notifying SCAQMD can result in monetary fines upwards of $20,000 per day or jail time in the event negligence leads to bodily or environmental harm.

Do you have questions about Rule 1403?

Mike Walther, National Manager of Building Sciences, can assist you with the notification process to ensure your project gets moving.


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