Anyone in New York who conducts renovations, repairs, or painting (RRP) that will disturb painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities must be trained and certified as an EPA Lead Renovator. In order to avoid fines of up to $37,500 per day, the Lead Renovator must also work for a company that is registered with the EPA as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm - this includes Sole Proprietors!
The EPA enforces Lead RRP work in New York under its federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, so there are no additional NYS requirements to comply with this law. Once you’re in compliance you can also perform RRP work in nearby EPA-run states including New Jersey, Connecticut , and Pennsylvania without any additional training or paperwork! However you should always be aware of applicable OSHA and local law requirements as well, especially if you work in NYC (read more below).
We've simplified this complicated process into 4 easy steps to make sure you're protected:
The RRP Rule applies if:
New York contractors, painters, electricians, landlords, plumbers, property managers and more should be familiar with the RRP Rule and get certified in advance as it may apply to your next job. Better to be safe than sorry!
You’re in luck - we also offer Lead Renovator Refresher training, with locations throughout New York and an Online Refresher course, which can be completed from the comfort of your own home! This class is only for those individuals who have already completed the 8-hour course previously, and can only be taken if your training certificate is NOT expired yet. The refresher course is required within 5 years of your initial training course.
While you may only perform renovations on newer homes right now, New York is a state known for its old homes, so it is very possible you will run into a pre-1978 home or child occupied facility in the near future. Make sure you are prepared and legally able to bid on all renovation projects!
If you see a Lead RRP trainer on this website, you can guarantee they are EPA Accredited, and their courses certify renovators to perform lead-safe work throughout the state. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page for full details on the EPA's lead renovator rules or contact customer support on this page.
NYC’s Primary Prevention of Lead Poisoning in Housing Law (Local Law 1 of 2004) applies to New York City apartments in buildings built before 1960 (or between 1960 and 1978 if the owners knows that the building has lead paint) with 3 or more apartments and a child under the age of 6 lives in the apartment.
EPA Lead Certification is required for any renovation that disturbs more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in residential or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Failure to comply puts you at risk to be fined by the EPA & Local Government.