What Is Demolition ?
In general, demolition is the razing, removal, deconstruction, salvaging, or wrecking of portions or all of a structure or building, including interior components and non load-bearing elements. Demolition typically involves abatement of vector infestations (e.g., rodents, insects) and hazardous materials, including asbestos and lead-based paint, by qualified personnel and potential disposal in a classified landfill. Demolition can be accomplished by hand, with heavy equipment, or by explosives.
What Codes Control Demolition ?
Chapter 1 of the California Building Code mentions Demolition in the category of activities which require ministerial permits, but has no other regulations. Many jurisdictions have adopted supplemental regulations, including creating a discretionary permit category which make certain demolitions subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and land use controls. Demolitions are typically subject other regulations, including:
- public hearing
- trespass security
- air quality management
- public nuisance exemption
- historical fabric conservation
- historical landmark preservation
- hazardous materials abatement
- Class A or C21 contractor license
- debris recycling (landfill reduction)
- notification of surrounding property owners
- commencement contingent on other permits being issued
Check BUILDING in CALIFORNIA and your local jurisdiction’s website for additional information.