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Chapter 9 - Building Demolition Program Checklist

Planning Phase

Step 1: Review Section 403 (Essential Services) of the Stafford Act.

  • Determine the types of building demolition work eligible for federal demolition funding.

Pre-demolition phase

Step 1: Prepare Demolition Plan

  • Establish Demolition Plan.
  • Establish demolition procedures.
  • Develop a safety plan for the project which meets all state and federal regulations.
  • Prepare demolition technical specifications.

Step 2: Identify Affected Properties

  • Prepare background maps for identification and for bidding and demolition purposes.
  • Develop listing of parcels: addresses, owners, owners' addresses, percentage of damage, and assessor's parcel number. Determine utility information of each parcel site.

Step 3: Conduct historic preservation review

  • Consult with joint preservation team (FEMA/OES) to identify and review property that is included in a local, state, or national register of historic properties, districts, or sites.
  • Conduct CEQA/NEPA review, if necessary.

Step 4: Prepare video documentation

  • Make ground level video film and still photographic records of affected parcels before and immediately after cleanup operations.
  • Record condition of non-participating, adjacent properties, as seen from the road.

Step 5: Establish haul routes

  • Prepare the maps for haul routes for debris removal.
  • For the removal of hazardous materials, prepare maps for haul routes
  • comply with the requirements of the California Highway Patrol listed in Sections 31300 to 31308 in the California Vehicle Code.

Step 6: Obtain Waivers and Releases

  • Obtain all necessary right of entry, waiver release, and other required forms from property owner(s), if necessary.
  • Obtain and pay for all necessary permits to perform the work.

Step 7: Prepare contracts

  • Prepare demolition contracts to perform the cleanup work.
  • Each contract will include, but not be limited to, the following activities:
  • demolition;
  • recyclable material separation and removal, where applicable;
  • demolition debris not directly recycled from the site must be hauled to the recycling facility;
  • non-compliance penalty fee per load for any documented mixed debris not delivered to recycling center;
  • traffic control;
  • recycle demolition materials to the greatest extent possible ;
  • debris removal, haulage, and disposal at dump site ;
  • dust control;
  • daily site maintenance of any property on public way including streets, alleys, sidewalks, etc.;
  • raking clean all dirt surfaces;
  • sweeping all improved surfaces; and
  • fencing off demolition area for safety purposes.

Step 8: Select contractor(s)

  • Provide information to firms on bid requirements.
  • Develop list of bidders from interested and properly licensed contractors responding to notification.
  • Prepare bid package specifications and cost estimates.
  • Conduct bid solicitation.
  • Attend public bid opening, log all bids, notify the lowest responsible bidder by FAX of the outcome.
  • Select contractors through competitive bidding in accordance with City emergency contract procedures.

Demolition phase

Step 1: Identify Hazardous materials in damaged buildings

  • Identify and remove hazardous waste.

Step 2: Obtain proper permits

  • Obtain all permits necessary for demolition, cleanup, utility line capping, hauling away, and other related tasks.
  • Obtain and pay for all necessary permits to perform the work. 

Step 3: Deploy field staff

  • Organize and deploy field staff.
  • Cap sewer. Verify that water, gas and electricity services have been disconnected prior to commencing demolition.
  • Provide and install a permanent 8' chain link fence along the perimeter of each property.
  • Provide and install traffic control signs, barricades, canopies and flagmen.
  • Obtain and pay for a temporary water meter from Department of Water and Power and pay for water usage for dust control.

Step 4: Notify residents and utilities of demolition schedule

  • Notify residents of demolition schedule, and post Advance Construction notice Sign two days before commencing work.
  • Notify Dept. of Public Works inspector two days before commencing work.
  • Underground Service Alert (USA). Prior to demolition, Contractor shall call to obtain a USA Inquiry Number.

Step 5: Remove hazardous materials and dispose of properly.

  • Small amounts of HHW (not greater than 5 gallons or 50 pounds) may be transported by homeowners for disposal at HHW roundup or similar event.
  • Hazardous wastes exceeding 5 gallons or 50 pounds must be transported by properly licensed hazardous waste hauler.

Step 6: Recycle demolition debris.

  • Make recycling an integral part of demolition process.
  • Contact solid waste recycling manager to coordinate recycling the debris from building demolition work.
  • Determine whether it is safe to recycle the debris.

Step 7: Develop a plan to handle special wastes.

  • Some materials may make recovering or recycling the waste more difficult and expensive:
  • asbestos,
  • treated wood, and
  • lead-based paint.
  • General ways to handle these wastes:
  • contamination must be removed,
  • encapsulated, or
  • commingling of the waste must be minimized to maximize reuse of the uncontaminated materials.

Step 8: Demolish building.

  • Only licensed C-21 or other qualified contractor should undertake building demolition.
  • Check with local air quality management district to determine requirements for demolition work.

Step 9: Remove, transport, recycle/dispose of remaining debris.

  • Wet debris to prevent dust during removal.
  • Cover or enclose transport trucks.
  • Call landfill before transporting waste to ask if there are special requirements for disaster debris.

Post-demolition phase

Closing Project

  • Issue reports as required by City.
  • Inspect properties.
  • Videotape and photograph the completed site and area, by lot.
  • Maintain contract records.
  • Complete processing of claims for funding and project close out.
  • Participate on as as-required basis in the negotiations of settlement of claims.

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