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Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) that became effective on April 22, 2010.

Read more about the rule on this page or get specific information related to your responsibilities:


What does the rule require? 

Who is affected by the rule?

What RRP activities are covered under the rule?

What activities are not covered under the rule?

What are RRP enforcement procedures?

What is the Pre-Renovation Education Rule?

Applications, Printable Pamphlets, Fact Sheets and Forms

In 2010, EPA authorized the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to administer and enforce the rule instead of EPA. 

  • CCB issues the Lead-Based Paint Renovation (LBPR) contractor license or the LBPR license for CCB licensed contractors. 
  • Non-CCB licensed firms (maintenance workers in multi-family housing, schools, child care facilities, property management companies and property rental owners) are not required to have a LBPR license. They are required to become certified through the OHA.   

What does the rule require?

The rule requires that individuals and firms conducting renovation, repair and painting projects on pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities (child care and schools) be certified to follow lead-safe work practices.

Licensed contractors must apply to CCB for their LBPR license.

Agencies and businesses (firms) that do not require a CCB license must be certified by the OHA.

The rule also states that firms must use certified renovators trained by OHA accredited training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Certified renovators only need their course completion certificate to become certified. Unlike firms, they do not need to apply to OHA or CCB for certification. Firms can be individual proprietors, businesses, schools, property management companies, child-care facilities and landlords.

Who is affected by the rule?

The rule affects renovators who perform renovation, repair and painting work on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities. Renovators can include:

  • Contractors, painters and other specialty trades
  • Landlords and property managers
  • Maintenance workers that work on homes, schools and child care facilities

What RRP activities are covered under the rule?

    The rule applies to renovation, repair and painting work in pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities.

    Renovation means modifying existing structure that disturbs painted surfaces. Renovation includes:

  • Modification of painted or varnished surfaces
  • Restoring building surfaces
  • Window repair or replacement
  • Painting preparation (scraping and sanding)
  • Removal of walls, ceilings, plumbing and windows
  • Weatherization projects

What activities are not covered under the rule?

    The rule does not apply to the following:

  • 1978 or post-1978 construction 
  • Zero-bedroom dwelling or housing that is for the elderly or disabled and no children are expected to reside in the home or building
  • Lead abatement projects - abatement and inspection professionals are covered under a different set of regulations known as Lead-Based Paint Activities regulations.
  • Renovation projects that don't involve lead-based paint
  • Individuals performing renovation, repair or painting work on their own home
  • Minor repair and maintenance. Minor repair and maintenance means disrupting 6 square feet or less of paint per room or 20 square feet or less of exterior paint

What are RRP enforcement procedures?

CCB and the OHA have enforcement authority under Oregon ORS 431.920 to suspend, revoke or modify a certification to perform lead-based paint activities or renovation if the holder of the certification fails to comply with state or federal statutes or regulations related to lead-based paint. Certified Firms and Renovators in Oregon found to be non-complaint may be liable for civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, per day.
 
To file a complaint or report a possible violation of the RRP Rule involving a CCB licensed contractor:

                CCB Web:   www.oregon.gov/CCB/ 
 
                Phone: CCB Customer Service Unit at 503-378-4621

To file a compliant or report a possible violation of the RRP Rule involving an individual not licensed by the CCB (landlords, property management companies, schools and child care facilities), contact the Oregon Health Authority:

                Phone:     Lead-Based Paint Program at 971-673-0440 
                                LeadLine a toll free phone service at 1-800-368-5060

                E-mail:     lead.program@state.or.us

What is the Pre-Renovation Education Rule?

This rule is part of the RRP Rule and it outlines the requirements for providing EPA's updated pamphlet Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right to owners and occupants of housing and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. This pamphlet was updated due to amendments to the RRP regulation effective October 4, 2011. Renovators must now begin providing this revised version. You may use the older version if you have printed stock remaining. Please be sure to include replacement page 10 which can be found on EPA's website


 

Applications, Printable Pamphlets, Fact Sheets and Forms

OHA Certified Renovation Firm Applications (FOR NON-CCB LICENSED FIRMS ONLY).

The following applications are NOT for licensed CCB Contractors who are applying for the Lead-Based Paint License. If you are a CCB licensed business or contractor and you want to apply for the “Certified Lead-Based Paint Renovation Contractor License” (also called LBPR Contractors License), visit CCB’s website or call 503-378-4621.

Pamphlets

EPA's updated "Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right" (English and en español) - this pamphlet was updated due to amendments to the RRP regulation effective October 4, 2011. Renovators must now begin providing the revised version. You may use the older version if you have printed stock remaining. Please be sure to include replacement page 10 which can be found on EPA's website.

EPA's "Steps to Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (English)

EPA's "Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right" (pdf) - a handbook for contractors, property managers and maintenance personnel working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

Fact Sheets

Pre-Renovation Fact Sheet (pdf)

Forms 

Test Kit Documentation Form (pdf)  

Receipt of Renovation Notice Form (pdf)

Renovation Recordkeeping Checklist (pdf)

 


Contact Construction Contractors Board or Oregon Health Authority

Construction Contractors Board of Oregon (exit)

Oregon Health Authority
Lead-Based Paint Program:
800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 640
Portland, OR 97232-2162
Phone: (971) 673-0440
Fax: (971) 671-0457