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Permits, violations & licenses

Apply for an asbestos project permit

Asbestos fibers were used in hundreds of different building materials throughout the 20th century. When asbestos is disturbed, it can release harmful dust into the air. Inhaling this dust can result in asbestosis, a lung disease, and mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. Learn more about asbestos.


You must submit an asbestos abatement and demolition/renovation notification form at least 24 hours prior to performing encapsulation or removal of less than 40 linear or 80 square feet of asbestos.

You must apply for and receive an asbestos abatement permit before you begin encapsulation or removal of greater than or equal to 40 linear or 80 square feet of asbestos. You must be a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to receive this permit. You will also need to hire an independent certified Asbestos Project Inspector (API).


Property owners, business owners, and asbestos abatement professionals in Philadelphia must obey these rules and regulations.


For major projects, the permit fee is determined by the cost of the abatement. A $45 filing fee also applies. The minimum permit fee is $150.

For smaller projects, a $45 filing fee may apply.


Use the Air Management Services online portal to:

  • Submit notifications and license applications.
  • View a list of notifications by date and address.
  • View listings of licensed asbestos professionals.
  • Submit complaints related to air pollution, asbestos, noise, or vibration.