Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) must be removed prior to the demolition at any site, and at times, prior to the interior tear-out in preparation for renovations in a building. An asbestos survey of a site must be done prior to any such work for any building built before 1974.

Asbestos abatement in Buffalo can only be done by an asbestos contractor licensed as such with the city. There is one exception to this regulation: in the case of a homeowner-occupied single-family dwelling, asbestos may be removed by the homeowner.

Asbestos Permits

The City of Buffalo does not issue Asbestos Permits. The New York State Department of Labor regulates asbestos abatement. Their Industrial Code rule 56 - more fully quoted as 12NYCRR, Part 56 - is the section of law which covers asbestos. You can view the full text of this code online, entering "Part 56" into the Search, clicking on the first result, then scrolling down that page and clicking on part 56. All questions and inquiries as to asbestos and asbestos removal should be made to the New State Department of Labor.