Construction and Grading Requirements

Construction and Air Quality

El Dorado County does our best to keep air quality standards high for our community members. Please read on to find information related to fugitive dust and asbestos.

If you have an earth moving project on your property you may need to get a dust plan. If you are not in the Asbestos Review Area and you need a grading permit, you also need a Fugitive Dust Plan. If you are in the Asbestos Review Area, you will need an Asbestos Dust Mitigation Plan if you are disturbing 20 or more cubic yards of soil.



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Asbestos in El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Air Quality Management District oversees Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) but has not been delegated authority over asbestos in building demolitions or renovations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating asbestos during demolitions and renovations, with specific requirements for notification and compliance. These rules (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP) outline how to handle asbestos during demolitions and renovations, excluding small residential buildings. Owners or operators must inform the EPA and California Air Resources Board before demolishing or renovating structures with a certain amount of asbestos.


Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) is naturally found in California, particularly in serpentine and volcanic rock. When this rock is broken, it may release airborne asbestos, posing potential health risks.

If you plan to move more than 20 cubic yards of earth in an Asbestos Review Area(PDF, 7MB), you are required to submit an Asbestos Dust Mitigation Plan before you begin.

Asbestos Air Toxic Control Measures