Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Asbestos O & M Program

Notification Requirements


Written notification of any asbestos project greater than 10 linear or 10 square feet shall be made to VDOLI by the licensed asbestos abatement contractor at least 20 calendar days prior to the commencement of each asbestos project per Virginia Labor Law 40.1-51.20. Notifications are also required for all demolition projects, regardless of whether ACM is present in the structure or not.


A separate notification to the EPA is no longer required as of December 22, 2021 for asbestos projects that are at least 160 square feet, 260 linear feet, or 35 cubic feet, or for demolition projects. Notification to the state/local authority (i.e. VDOLI) is all that is necessary.

Notification Not Required

  • A notification is not required for non-friable asbestos-containing roofing, flooring and siding materials which when installed, encapsulated, or removed, do not become friable. If the material is in good shape and removed using OSHA's compliant work practices, then notification is not generally required.
    • Note: If the material is not in good shape, the matrix has deteriorated, or mechanical means are used to remove the material, resulting in more than incidental breakage, then notification is required. Activities such as grinding, mechanical chipping, sawing or drilling can make the ACM friable and would require notification.
  • Demolition of residential structures which do not meet the NESHAPS definition of facility.

Notification Process


Under Virginia regulations, 16VAC25-20-30, notification shall be made to VDOLI by the licensed asbestos abatement contractor on the "Asbestos Demolition/Removal Notification Form Permit Application". Notifications should be sent by facsimile for projects that do not require a fee or projects paid by credit card, or they may be sent certified mail or hand-delivered, to the following and shall be postmarked or made 20 days before the beginning of any asbestos project to the address below. The permit fee shall be submitted with the notification.

Asbestos Program

Department of Labor and Industry

Powers-Taylor Building

13 South Thirteenth St.

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone (804) 786-9865

Fax (804) 371-7634


VDOLI shall issue a permit to the contractor within 7 working days of the receipt of a completed notification form and permit fee. The permit, or a copy of the permit, shall be kept on site during work on the project.

Amended notifications shall comply with 16VAC25-20-30, Section H. VDOLI must be notified prior to any cancellation, and must comply with 16VAC25-20-30, Section I.

Emergency Notification

Notification of less than 20 days may be allowed in case of an emergency involving protection of life, health, or property. Notification and permit fee shall be submitted within 5 working days after the start of the emergency abatement. A description of the emergency situation shall be included when filing an emergency notification. Examples of emergencies includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leaking or ruptured pipes;
  • Accidentally damaged or fallen asbestos that could expose non-asbestos workers or the public; or
  • Unplanned mechanical outages or repairs essential to a work process that requires asbestos removal and could only be removed safely during the mechanical outage.