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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality adopted new asbestos regulations in fall 2018. DEQ now requires all houses and other residential buildings constructed prior to 2004 to have an asbestos survey conducted by an accredited inspector prior to demolition and renovation activities, with one exception. Owner-occupants doing their own home renovation work are exempt from this rule. This exemption does not apply when the residence is going to be demolished. Previous rules exempted residential renovation projects from the asbestos survey requirement that applied to commercial projects and residential demolition projects.