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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my project require a permit?

A great way to answer this question is with another question, did the structure to be demoed require a permit to construct? If so, it will need a permit to demolish. Most old structures built without a permit but in usable condition will also require a permit to demolish. Acquiring a demolition permit takes the structure off the county records and tax roll, which saves you money in the long run.

Does my project require an environmental assessment/DHEC permit?

Many residential projects are exempt from dhec regulations, while all commercial work is regulated. The following is a direct quote from the SCDHEC website (italics added) :

The demolition of a private residence containing four or fewer units (i.e., single family home, duplex) is exempt unless the following conditions apply:

  • The demolition is part of a larger commercial or public project, such as, but not limited to, highway construction; development of a shopping mall, industrial facility, other private development; or urban renewal, etc.
  • The demolition involves multiple private residences within a compact area (“city block”) under the ownership and/or control of a single owner and/or operator. Examples would be a municipality clearing a block of houses for urban renewal purposes or SCDOT clearing a row of houses for a highway-right-of-way project.
  • The residence is part of an installation such as a military facility, university campus, etc.
  • The residence is being burned for fire training.
  • The residence has been used in the past for non-residential purposes”

Click here for more information on DHEC regulations.

Are you insured?

Yes. We carry both general liability and workmans comp insurance for your protection.

What is the timeframe for demo work?

This answer has three components: permit acquisition/utility disconnects, project completion, and backlog. As one would expect, there is a broad range depending on project size and location.

In many towns, permits can be issued same day. In Greenville county, permits are typically issued within two weeks. One month is a good rule of thumb for permits issued through the City of Greenville.

Power companies typically drop lines within a few days of the service request. When natural gas is present, we will have to enter an abandonment ticket and it typically takes about two weeks to have the line disconnected at the mainline.

The timeframe and backlog for the actual work varies so much based on the nature of your project and time of year that it is best to get a specific estimate for your project.

The best-case timeframe is typically three weeks between contract approval and project completion.

Can you beat Jon-boy’s price?

No. Almost anyone with a backhoe can knock a structure down for beer money, but the real work begins with the cleanup and that’s where we stand out from the jacks of all trades. The old saying “you get what you pay for” holds true. At the same time, we are normally not the highest bidder. We would rather stay busy with fairly-priced projects than try to get rich off of one project.

Do you do interior demo?

No, we only offer complete structure demolition services.

What do you do with debris? Can you dig a hole and bury the debris on my property?

We haul all C&D debris to licensed landfills. Burying C&D debris is illegal and unprofessional.

Do you also do swimming pool removal?

Yes, we do. We can remove both above-ground and inground pools. We will disconnect all utilities, demolish the pool, import & compact the fill, and clean up the site. We also offer a wide variety of other demolition services, so please contact us for more information.

How do I get started?

First, contact us or call (864) 256-1887 for a free consultation and indicate the project address. We will visit the site, assess the work that needs to be done, and provide you with a detailed estimate.

After you have approved, we will schedule a time to do the work. We will obtain all necessary permits and approvals from local authorities before proceeding with the demolition.

Upstate Demolition Services