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Lead Paint Renovation
Oregon enforces federal requirements for contractors working on housing or child-occupied facilities built before 1978.
Under these requirements, contractors may need to complete training and obtain a Lead Based Paint Renovation license before they can even bid on renovation projects involving pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities.
The goal is for renovators to use lead-safe work practices and ultimately reduce the risk of lead poisoning.
Do I need a special license?
Homes and child-occupied facilities such as daycare centers and schools constructed before 1978 are presumed to have lead paint unless testing shows otherwise.  
This means that if no testing is done, contractors cannot bid on a renovation project until they complete required training and obtain a Lead Based Paint Renovation license.
Renovation means modifying any structure or part of a structure that disturbs more than:
  • Six square feet of painted surface per room for interior work
  • 20 square feet of painted surface for exterior work
This includes projects involving flooring, windows, gutters, siding, and painting. Window replacement is considered renovation.
How do I get licensed?
At least one owner or employee of a contractor’s business must complete the eight-hour Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training from an accredited provider.
  • The Oregon Health Authority maintains a list of accredited training providers. You can also call 971-673-0440 or 1-877-290-6767.
  • This initial certification is valid for five years. Before your certification expires, you must take a four-hour refresher course from an Oregon Health Authority approved provider. If your initial certificate expires before you take the refresher course, you must take the full eight-hour course again.
Once you complete the initial training, apply to the CCB for a Lead Based Paint Renovation license.
  • Here is the license form.
  • The CCB license must be renewed annually at a cost of $50.
What if I’m not a contractor?
Businesses that work on older homes and child-occupied facilities but do not need a contractor license include school maintenance staff, property management companies and daycare centers. Contact the Oregon Health Authority or call 1-877-290-6767 for information.
Who does not have to meet special requirements for handling lead-based paint?
The following are not covered under the lead-based paint requirements:
  • Homeowners working on their own home(s) occupied by members of their immediate families
  • Work done by friends, family or volunteers who are not paid
  • Residential dwellings that an Oregon-certified lead inspector or risk assessor determine, in writing, are free of lead-based paint
  • Residential dwellings free of lead-based paint after testing by a certified lead-based paint renovation contractor using an EPA-authorized test kit
  • Emergency renovations needed to prevent harm to people or property (OAR 812-007-0020) and (OAR 812-007-0302)
Testing for lead-based paint
Contractors who hold a Lead Based Paint Renovation license can test for lead-based paint but must use an approved EPA test kit.
What happens if the person who finished the required training leaves my business?At your next renewal, you must demonstrate that you employ a certified renovator.
What is required other than training/licensing?
The Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule that Oregon enforces requires that properly certified and licensed renovators:
  • Have at least one certified renovator on staff to oversee renovation, repair or painting projects
  • Follow lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination
  • Provide any non-certified workers with on-the-job training
  • Educate owners/occupants of the structure about lead paint
  • Maintain certain records for three years   
What are the penalties for working on target housing without a proper license?
  • Under Oregon law, contractors that violate the lead paint renovation rules can be fined up to $5,000 per violation per day. The Construction Contractors Board can suspend a repeat offender’s Lead Based Paint Renovation license.
  • The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can impose fines as well as jail time. The EPA can also suspend or revoke a contractor’s certification to handle lead paint.  
If I’m the general contractor and don’t have the lead license, can I subcontract the work to another business that is properly licensed?
No. Even if you are not performing the renovation, offering to perform renovation requires you to hold the Lead Based Paint Renovation license. 
Do I need a Lead Based Paint Renovation License for total demolition?
No. Renovation does not include demolition even if the structure is target housing built before 1978. However, you may be subject to waste disposal requirements. 
How can I find an Oregon contractor that is licensed for lead paint?
Here’s a list of lead-safe contractors by county.
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