If you are planning to renovate or demolish a building or structure, an asbestos inspection is required by the Vermont Regulation for Asbestos Control.
Inspections are provided by asbestos inspector consultants.
An inspector consultant can conduct an inspection and may also be certified to perform other functions such as:
- Management planner: primarily for schools
- Project designer: designs abatement specifications
- Project monitor: monitors the contractor during abatement or conducts the final air and visual clearance
There are different types of services available for asbestos abatement (removing or otherwise fixing asbestos problems). Property owners should become familiar with these services when looking for an asbestos contractor.
Asbestos-related services can only be provided by a Vermont-licensed contractor or individual.
See Asbestos Consultants and Contractors (below) for a listing of companies that will conduct asbestos-related repair, removal, enclosure, and encapsulation activities.
If asbestos is found, you may choose to ask the inspector for further assistance in planning the abatement. A project designer is qualified to design the abatement project specifications that an abatement contractor would follow, or the abatement company can put together work plan specifications. As the building owner, you may choose to hire either a project designer or an abatement contractor, depending on the complexity of your project.
Following abatement, a project monitor must conduct the final visual and air-quality clearance required to determine if the area meets the state regulatory requirements for clearance and re-occupancy. A project monitor may also be hired for oversight of the abatement contractor during the abatement project. A project monitor cannot be an employee of the abatement contractor.
Selecting an Asbestos Service Provider
Ask the contractor or consultant to provide you with a written proposal. The proposal should include:
- A description of what they will do
- The content of the final report
- A schedule
- A budget
The Asbestos Service Provider Checklist (below) will help property owners, homebuyers, and renters ensure that their asbestos inspector and abatement contractor are trained, qualified, and capable.
Obtain at least three bids from consultants and contractors. The inspector/project designer consultant can help you with bids and hiring of the project monitor. You may choose to have the consultant do all the coordinating for the project, or do the hiring yourself, which may reduce any conflicts of interest.
Conflicts of Interest
In general, conflicts of interest relate to the potential for self-gain—usually, but not always—financially. A conflict of interest usually happens when a person makes a decision based on their other interests or commitments, especially if they will benefit economically, and if you don’t know about their other interests or commitments.
- Service provider name
- Telephone number
- Certification numbers and copy of asbestos license
- License expiration date of the listed persons
- References from three recent jobs
- Proof of numbers of years of experience in asbestos work
- Enforcement history with the Vermont Department of Health*
- Proof of general liability and/or errors-and-omissions insurance, with specific coverage for asbestos
- For asbestos abatement, the contract should specify whether a visual and air clearance test will be passed
- For asbestos abatement, the contract should specify whether the service provider will cover costs associated with failing a clearance test (re-cleaning and retesting)
- Schedule and budget estimate for services
- Sample contract and final inspection or abatement report
*Health Department staff can provide information regarding the compliance history for asbestos consultants and contractors. We can also explain the abatement process and answer any other questions you may have. Please contact the Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program.
These entities and consultants listed have been certified in accordance with the Vermont Regulation for Asbestos Control. Certified firms and individuals must be used to perform asbestos abatement services in Vermont.
If you have any questions, please contact the Asbestos & Lead Regulatory Program.
Asbestos & Lead Regulatory Program
108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-863-7220 or