Commercial/Industrial Demolition Services FAQ

Commercial/Industrial Demolition Services FAQ

What is required before demolition can take place at a commercial structure?

The EPA mandates that an asbestos survey must be performed on all commercial structures regardless of age or size. Once a survey is performed, any asbestos found must be removed that the survey calls out. A 10 working day notification must be filed to the EPA regardless of the result of the survey. Keep in mind that before disconnecting utilities, abatement contractors may need water, electric, or heat to perform their work. The owner of the property must sign the permit application and have it notarized.

Am I required to backfill and put grass seed down once all materials are removed?

The city expects all voids from demolition to be backfilled until level with adjacent grading of property. They will approve the demolition permit final inspection without grass seed, however, eventually the department of sewers and drains may cite you for mud off on your property flowing into the streets and drains. We can include pricing to take care of both these items in our proposal.

Who handles getting the permit for demolition?

We will handle all permitting, EPA notifications, and any other paperwork necessary to demolish your structure according to City and/or EPA codes.

Can I leave the concrete slab or foundations once the structure is razed?

The city will not approve the final inspection of the demolition permit unless all materials from the structure are removed. However, the city does allow concrete slabs that were used as parking to remain.

How long does it take for a demolition permit application to be approved?

Permit applications that are turned in can normally be issued over the counter. The only exception to this is if your property is located in an area commission. This is exclusive to properties located in Columbus. There can be up to a 60 day wait period for approval of the application if this is the case. You can check to see if your property is in an area commission by visiting

What is universal waste?

Universal waste refers to waste that needs to be removed prior to demolition. Examples are Freon, fluorescent bulbs, ballasts that contain PCB, oils, chemicals & paints. We normally include all of these removals in our scope of work.


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