Asbestos abatement in New York City is regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Property owners contemplating renovation, alteration, or demolition are responsible for determining whether asbestos containing material is present in any areas that will be affected by the work. A DEP Certified Asbestos Investigator (CAI) can determine whether any asbestos must be abated before work can begin.
Owners must demonstrate to the Department of Buildings that requirements for asbestos abatement have been satisfied before a DOB permit may be issued. Applicants must indicate on the PW1 whether the project requires abatement, does not require abatement, or is exempt.
If asbestos abatement is required, hire a licensed abatement contractor to remove the asbestos-containing material, and an independent air-monitoring firm to monitor the work.
Submit the DEP ACP7 Asbestos Project Notification Form to DEP's Asbestos Technical Review Unit (A-TRU). Use DEP's online Asbestos Reporting and Tracking System (ARTS) to prepare the ACP7.
Use these filing instructions to submit forms in ARTS for abatement activities of asbestos-containing materials.
If the abatement requires related construction activity in order to access asbestos containing material or, through the course of abatement, means of egress or fire protection systems are compromised, then construction documents describing the project must be submitted to A-TRU for review and approval. An A-TRU permit must be obtained prior to commencing the abatement work.
Once abatement work is completed, applicants must obtain from DEP:
For full demolition applications, an ACP-5 must be submitted to the Department of Buildings, prior to sign-off of such demolition application, to ensure that all asbestos has been removed from the demolished building. Otherwise, within a specific work area, either an ACP21 form or an Asbestos Assessment Report (utilizing the ACP-5 form) must be submitted to the Department of Buildings before a DOB permit may be issued for any subsequent work.
To submit a DEP ACP-5 form Asbestos Assessment Form in ARTS ACP-5 website use Asbestos Control Program.
For ACP-5 filing instructions visit DEP's website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dep/environment/asbestos-abatement-forms.page.