The factors that will determine the cost of an asbestos survey are many. In this article I’m going to try to set out the main variables to give you a better understanding of what you need. What you should expect to receive and how much it will all cost. If you don’t want to read the whole article just skip to the end where I have included some ball park figures for various types of property/survey combinations.

Type of asbestos survey. 

The types of survey are fairly self-explanatory.

Management Asbestos Survey. A management asbestos survey is undertaken to identify those asbestos materials that might be encountered during normal occupation and routine maintenance of a property.

In commercial properties the management asbestos survey is essential to implementing an effective asbestos management plan. In domestic circumstances they are normally conducted pre-purchase after issues are raised in the Homebuyers report.

Refurbishment asbestos survey. A refurbishment asbestos survey is specifically targeted to identify asbestos containing materials that may be encountered during refurbishment or building works. The survey will utilise intrusive or destructive inspection techniques to inspect under floors, within wall cavities and above ceilings to name but a few.

The key to a successful refurbishment survey is a very concise specification. The surveying organisation must take time to understand the full extent of the planned refurbishment works.

Demolition asbestos survey. A demolition asbestos survey is similar to a refurbishment asbestos survey but must identify, as far as reasonably practical, all asbestos within a property prior to demolition. The survey will use destructive inspection techniques to locate concealed asbestos and may require breaking into concrete floors and using specialist access equipment to inspect at roof level. The property will need to be vacated before this survey can be effectively carried out.

The Building/s

The size of the building is the obvious factor when costing a survey. Other factors such as construction type, occupation levels, internal layout, age and building usage will also have to be considered.


Employing a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited asbestos surveying organisation will always be more expensive than using a non-accredited Company. Using an accredited organisation mean you can have confidence in the:

  • quality control
  • staff training
  • staff qualifications
  • in-house technical procedures
  • compliance with statutory legislation

UKAS have published a document which goes into more detail about the benefits of using accredited Surveyors. This can be found by clicking UKAS – who should you commission to carry out your asbestos survey

Ball park costs

For the reasons set out above I can’t give you definitive prices for your asbestos survey here. What I have compiled is a list of ballpark figures for the various property/survey types. Quoted prices are for whole property surveys. If the refurbishment only effects a few rooms then the survey would be targeted accordingly and therefore less expensive.

Domestic asbestos surveys

Property type Management asbestos survey cost Refurbishment asbestos survey cost Demolition asbestos survey cost
One Bed room flat in a block £200 to £325 £200 – £400 £250 – £500
Three bedroom semi-detached house £295 to £475 £325 to £500 £395 to £650
5 bedroom detached house £375 to £550 £375 to £650 £475 to £800


Commercial property asbestos surveys

Property type Management asbestos survey cost Refurbishment asbestos survey cost Demolition asbestos survey cost
Small retail unit (approx. 1,000 sq ft) £225 to £325 £350 – £500 £450 to £900
Medium retail unit (approx. 5,000 sq ft. £500 to £1,000 £650 to £1,200 £750 to £1,750
Large retail unit (approx 10,000 sq ft) £1,000 to £2,500 £1,500 to £4,000 £2,000 to £6,000
Small warehouse (approx 2,000 sq ft) £300 to £550 £400 to £1,000 £500 to £1,000
Large warehouse with offices £450 to £750 £550 to £1,500 £900 to £2,000
Small office complex (approx 2,000 sq ft) £300 to £600 £475 to £1,000 £650 to £2,000
Medium office complex (approx 10,000 sq ft) £900 to £2,000 £1,700 to £4,000 £2,500 to £10,000
Large office complex (approx 50,000 sq ft) £3,000 to £10,000 £4,500 to £15,000 £5,000 to £20,000
Nuclear Power Station or similar plant You probably don’t want to know!


If you’d like more specific pricing or would just like to chat through your requirements please speak to one of our team who will be happy to guide you through the whole process.

To find other UKAS accredited asbestos surveying companies in your area you can search the UKAS website by clicking browse-accredited-organisations


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