Why lead is a problem, what the District is doing about it and resources to help you. Read more>>
For Contractors & Businesses
Everything you need to know about Lead Compliance & Enforcement, Licensing and Certification
in the District. Read More>>
For Property Owners & Landlords
Get help with adhering to the District’s lead laws and with various forms and documents. Seek assistance with
hiring certified contractors, permitting, certification, and lead-safe work requirements. Read More>>
For Health Care Providers
Know the official District recommendations on the diagnosis and management of lead toxicity in children;
the lead screening guidelines according to District law;
and important documents. Read More>>
What is lead?
Lead is a heavy, low melting, bluish-gray metal that occurs naturally in the Earth's crust. However, it is rarely found naturally as a metal. It is usually found combined with two or more other elements to form lead compounds.
Over the years, lead has been mixed with gasoline and with paint, used as solder for cans and for copper pipes, as piping for drinking water, blended with vinyl and with brass, employed as protective shielding against radiation and in the manufacture of batteries and computer components.
Why is lead a problem?
For thousands of years, lead has proven to be a very useful substance. For nearly as long, we have also known that exposure to lead causes serious adverse health effects. Lead turns up in our yards, shows up in our homes, and ends up in our landfills. It is a powerful neurotoxin, which means exposure can damage the brain. It can also injure other soft tissues and organs, can interfere with the formation of blood, and exposure to enough lead can even kill. Both children and adults are vulnerable to lead’s health effects.
What is the District Government doing about it?
- FINAL 2013 Lead Regulations and New Forms
- Schedule of Fines
- DOEE Strategic Plan for Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes [PDF]
- Enforcing lead laws to keep housing and child-care facilities safe.
- Promoting lead screening of all children under age 6 in the District. [PDF]
- Working with the families of children whose blood tests show elevated levels of lead
- Helping property owners and contractors to comply with the lead laws
- Pro-Active Lead Inspections
- Upcoming Regulatory Trainings
Where can I get more information?
- Lead Flyer - Be in the Know
- Water Sampling Results for District Schools
- Tenant Rights Under the District's Lead Law [PDF] (English, Español)
- District's Lead Law (English, Español) [PDF]
- Disclosure Forms (English, Español) [PDF]
- DC Lead Free Properties
- 2017-2018 Lead Enforcement Statistics
- "Renovate Right!" Tip Sheet for Preventing Lead Exposure
(English and Español) [PDF]
- What You Need to Know About Lead Poisoning (English, Español, Chinese) [PDF]
- Key Contacts and Additional Resources
- District Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program
- Questions? Submit your questions through the Lead Questionnaire Form.
- Compliance and Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions
What We Do and How We Do It
The Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Division manages the District’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program, the Healthy Homes program, and is responsible for compliance and enforcement of the District's lead laws. Read More>>
Questions? Submit your questions through the Lead Questionnaire Form.
DOEE office hours for processing lead certification applications will be from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Fridays.