Environmental Permit Info for Homeowners

You may need an Environmental Permit, if the project is larger than 1000 square feet. For projects less than 1000 square feet you may be exempt, meaning you may not have to get one. This is a permit required if the work could discharge pollutants into our air or water.

Environmental agencies are approaching environmental concerns like never before. Regulators are using new approaches to protect our health and our environment and these steps are vital to our communities.

Many communities and jurisdictions do not enforce this as yet, but will soon. The importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment is becoming more and more in the forefront of building and constructionconcerns.

As lead painted structures and asbestos sided homes pass silently into oblivion, these concerns will, no doubt, take on a life of their own. I once remodeled a beautiful old two story 1900’s home that had originally been sided with large asbestos siding shingles. A dozen or so of them were cracked or broken and it was no longer legal to either buy or sell them.

The hoops I was going to have to jump through almost had me considering “fixing” the damaged ones with car body filler! Luckily, a sub contractor remembered seeing similar siding at a salvage yard, so I called around and went looking. Sure enough, shingles nearly the same size and texture were available, made of cement. Imagine the financial cost and impact to the environment there might be by needing to replace those poisonous planks!

Be prepared for the following:

A First inspection
Made prior to start of construction. This is made to gauge the property for its condition and give the inspector a starting point.

A Sediment & Erosion Control Barriers
Monitored throughout project. This is required to contain any environmental hazards from seeping into any surrounding areas.

A Final Inspection:
Can be made with, and be a part of the final inspection for the project. Most remodels and construction projects have no problems and its a rare case that gives any cause for concern. As with any permit or inspection, safety is the only concern.

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