Demolition, Disposal and Open Burning of Houses
Permissible Types of Burning
Certain types of burning are allowed but are subject to the following conditions:
Open Burning Variance Application
All others who want to burn a house must apply for and receive a variance to the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules. Variance applications can be obtained from local public health units or from the North Dakota Department of Health. The application must be approved by the local fire department and the local public health unit, if applicable, before being submitted to the North Dakota Department of Health for review. The fire department and/or the local public health unit may want to inspect the site before endorsing the application. If the application is approved, a variance will be granted for 60 days.
The burning must comply with the following conditions:
These North DakotaDepartment of Health guidelines are designed to help communities legally demolish and dispose of abandoned houses.
The following local public health units can provide information
about open burning variance applications:
Disposalof Debris From Household Demolition
Most debris generated from demolishing a house can be managed as inert waste if a few simple measures are followed.
Inert waste is a waste that will not potentially pollute surface water or ground water or serve as food for insects, rats, mice, etc.
Inert waste includes:
Carpets, draperies, furniture, mattresses, clothing, etc., also may be disposed of in an inert waste landfill. Clean-burn residue can be disposed of in an inert waste landfill
Non-inert waste materials must be identified and removed from the home prior to demolition.
Recycle and reuse materials whenever possible.
Appliances, batteries and waste oil are prohibited from disposal in North Dakota and should be recycled. Some metal materials, as well as large amounts of concrete or asphalt, may be recyclable, depending on local markets, processors and the amount of material.
The following wastes are prohibited from disposal at inert waste landfills:
Inert waste can be managed at a local inert waste landfill. If such a facility is not available or does not have adequate capacity, the North Dakota Department of Health would consider a variance for such unusual circumstances. Inert waste landfill site selection, construction, operation, and closure, as well as local zoning issues, must be adequately addressed.
Contact the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5166 for a list of permitted and permit-by-rule facilities, as well as a list of recyclers. Other information includes the following brochures: Guideline 1 - Emergency Waste Management and Disposal, and Guideline 16 - Operation of Inert Waste Landfills.
The owner of property to be disposed of is required to comply with the following asbestos regulations, unless the property is a house or an apartment building with four or fewer units:
Before any demolition action is taken, these factors must be considered:
For more information, contact the following divisions of the North Dakota Department of Health: