Lead Paint Renovations

Beginning January 1, 2010, dust sampling technicians, firms, and individuals performing renovation, repair and painting projects for compensation that disturb lead-based paint in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Child-occupied facilities include, but are not limited to, child care facilities and schools with children under 6 years of age that were built before 1978 and where children stay at least 3 hours per day two days per week or more.

Renovation / Repair activities (such as renovation, repair, or painting
that disturbs greater than 6 square feet of interior painted surfaces or 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces or dust sampling after renovation) must be a certified renovation firm. If a firm conducts abatement and renovation activities, then both certifications are required.

Contractors / landlords are also required to provide the lead pamphlet, The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (PDF, 6.2MB), Guía De Prácticas Acreditadas Seguras Para Trabajar Con El Plomo Para Remodelar Correctamente(Spanish PDF, 4.7KB), to owners and occupants before starting renovation work.

Questions & Answers (Lead Paint)

Q. I own a home in Kinston, North Carolina that was built before 1978. I want my home renovated, repaired or painted by a contractor. Does the business entity/contractor have to be NC lead certified to conduct this renovation?
A. Yes. Firms that offer, perform, or claim to perform renovation activities for compensation in Kinston, North Carolina in homes or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be a North Carolina certified renovation firm.

Q. What are renovation activities and what is a renovation?
A. Renovation activities are the activities relative to lead-based paint renovations including the use of recognized lead test kits, information distribution, work practices such as cleaning verification and dust clearance sampling, as well as the activities performed by a
certified firm, certified renovator, or certified dust sampling technician.
A renovation is broadly defined as any activity performed for compensation that disturbs painted surfaces and includes most repair, remodeling, and maintenance activities, including window replacement and demolition of painted surface areas.