Asbestos Licensing Requirements

Who May Need a License for Asbestos Removal?

Those working to remove regulated asbestos must be licensed to work in Indiana. There are various required levels of experience, training, and fees associated with each type of license. There are two ways to obtain an asbestos license:

  1. An applicant can go online and follow the instructions and have a credit card ready for payment, or
  2. An applicant can submit a completed application provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) via mail.

All applications must be completed in writing and submitted to the IDEM Office of Air Quality, Operations Branch (Asbestos Section), for processing. Please note that, under Indiana Administrative Code 326 IAC 18-1-5(g), IDEM will not process applications on a walk-in basis or over the telephone - this means that one should not expect to submit their application for an asbestos removal license and receive their license the same day. Timeframes for the processing of applications are given in the table below and are estimates based on the condition that all requirements of the application are met.

To obtain an application contact Office of Air Quality Asbestos Licensing Program. Applications can also be downloaded from the IDEM Forms page.

The following chart gives the license type, the minimum time an applicant should allow for processing, and the estimated processing times that applications usually take to process.

Asbestos Licenses: Fees & Processing Times
License Type Initial License or Renewal Fee Application Type Estimated Processing Times
Minimum Average Maximum
Training Providers* New: $1,000 By Mail (Only) 3 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
Renewal: $500
Contractors $150 By Mail 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks
Online 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Individual Workers $50 By Mail 1 weeks 2 weeks 3 weeks
Online 1 day 3 days 5 days
Building Inspectors $100 By Mail 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Online 1 day 3 days 5 days
Project Supervisors $100 By Mail 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Online 1 day 3 days 5 days
Project Designers $100 By Mail 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Online 1 day 3 days 5 days
Management Planner $100 By Mail 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks
Online 1 day 3 days 5 days

* The currently approved training providers offer about 149 different courses

Application Forms

The following forms are now available on the IDEM Forms page:

  • Asbestos Contractor License
  • Asbestos Training Course Provider Approval
  • Checksheet for Asbestos Contractor
  • Duplicate Asbestos License
  • Individual Asbestos License
  • Notification of Demolition and Renovation Operations

For Additional Information

To learn more about asbestos handling, emission control requirements, and proper asbestos disposal, contact the Office of Air Quality. For information on the protection of employees from airborne asbestos in the workplace contact the Indiana Department of Labo and ask to speak with a Consulting Industrial Hygienist.

Asbestos technical guidance documents:

The following asbestos documents are available on the IDEM Nonrule Policies page:

  • Asbestos Accreditation/Licensing Review Policy (NPD-Air-004)
  • Current Operating Policy for IDEM-Administered Asbestos Examinations (NPD-Air-019)

See also: Asbestos Waste Handling Requirements