Asbestos and Demolition

ASBESTOS

Asbestos was, and still is, used in building materials for a variety of reasons.  It is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne when disturbed.  If these fibers get into the air, they can be inhaled into the lungs where they may cause significant health problems.  The City of Durango requires compliance with Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's regulations regarding asbestos.  Please visit their website for more information.

DEMOLITION

A State of Colorado Demolition Permit is required for:

  • Residential Dwellings:  Any interior and/or exterior structural demolition greater than 32 sq. ft.
  • Commericial Buildings:  Any interior and/or exterior structural demolition greater than 160 sq. ft. 

Proof of an approved state permit is required prior to the issuance of a building permit.  The City of Durango will issue a demolition permit, in addition to the state permit, when a full structure (garage, single family home, etc.) is being demolished.

Please visit the State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's website for more information on their permitting process, or contact them at asbestos@state.co.us or 303-692-3100.