It is assumed that the removal will create the dust so, the Municipality mandates that you encapsulate the removal of asbestos thereby controlling the dust.
I agree, you can remove asbestos siding intact and there is no concern with normal protections.
Personal note* My dad started in the siding business installing asbestos before aluminum became the rage and he is still with us. Could you imagine the amount of dust he must have swallowed cutting that.
It is not just asbestos that strikes fear in the hearts of neighbors, try scraping a house with lead paint! (what are the odds that is what is under the asbestos)
If you live in a community where neighbors come running out of their homes screaming about how their neighbors are killing them, then, rules and regulations get passed.
I'm not saying that it is right, I'm just saying that it happens.
If it were my house the asbestos would come off. I just wanted Michelle to check into the local regulations.