Property Managers and Owners should be aware of the District’s Lead Law.
- Lead-Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act
- Lead-Hazard Prevention and Elimination Regulations and Amendments to Lead Screening and Reporting Act Regulations
- Schedule of Fines
District Required Forms
The District’s Lead Law requires the issuance of several DOEE forms for pre-1978 properties.
- Issue a completed DC Lead Disclosure form to tenant prior to obligation under a lease or a buyer prior to obligation under a contract
- Issue a completed DC Tenant Rights form to tenant before a tenant executes or renews a lease and whenever the owner provides notice of rent increase
- Issue a completed Property Access form to tenant at least 48 hours prior to work under the District’s lead law
- Contractors are required to submit a completed Notice of Dust Sampling form to DOEE prior to performing dust testing
- Issue a clearance examination report no older than 12 months to a tenant when a child under age 6 or pregnant woman lives or regularly visits your property [See definition of regularly visits in the regulations]
- Issue a completed Clearance Examination Receipt Acknowledgement to tenant along with a clearance examination report
- Issue a completed Tenant Right to Return Post Relocation to tenant post relocation
Need help adhering to documents issued by DOEE?
DOEE issues letters, Notices, Orders and other official documents to owners.
- Review the letter, Notice or Order and supporting documents carefully.
- Work with a housing counseling service organization for assistance, if needed.
- Hire a DC certified abatement-renovation contractor to remediate identified hazards within the required time period.
- Hire a DC certified consultant contractor to conduct lead testing and clearance examination and submit the report to DOEE within the required time period.
- Make sure that your hired consultant is following the applicable clearance requirements by using the clearance examination checklist
- Submit a written detailed request for an extension to [email protected], if applicable.
- Review the lead compliance and enforcement program’s website.
- Submit the passing clearance examination report to DOEE using [email protected].
- Contact DOEE at 202-535-2600 for more information.
Need help hiring a DC certified contractor?
A DC Certified contractor is required for most projects disturbing lead-based paint on pre-1978 residential, child development facilities and other buildings.
- Hire a DC certified contractor who can conduct the work to eliminate lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards. Check out the DC certified abatement-renovation companies list at, Lead-Based Paint Abatement-Renovation Companies
- Hire a DC certified contractor who can conduct lead testing, clearance examinations and other consulting services. Check out the DC certified consultant list at, Lead-Based Paint Consultant Companies
- Ensure that the company you hire has DC certified professionals.
Need a permit?
A lead abatement or renovation permit may be required under the District’s Lead Law.
- Submit a voluntary completed Lead-Based Paint Activity and Notification form to [email protected] for determining if a permit is required
- Submit a Lead-Based Paint Activity Abatement or Renovation Permit Application to [email protected]
- Submit a Lead-Based Paint Activity Abatement or Renovation Permit Revision Form to [email protected]
Get familiar with the lead-safe work practice requirements
The District’s Lead Law requires individuals, businesses, and owners to use lead-safe work practices to help prevent lead-based paint/hazard exposure.
- Lead-Safe Work Practices (containment, waste remove, and more)
Get familiar with the DC individual and business entity certification requirements
The District’s Lead Law requires individuals and businesses to be trained in lead-safe work practices and in most projects, certified by DOEE.
- Individual certification application
- Business Entity certification application
- DC accredited training providers
- Certification exam information
Get educated with District agencies
Become familiar with applicable District agency requirements.
Here are some,
- Get your Corporate Registration & Employee ID Number from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- Get your Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupancy Permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- Get your New Business Registration from the Office of Tax and Revenue
- Get your Basic Business License from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- Learn more about DC Building Codes, Zoning, Homeowner’s Center, and More and Fines
- Learn more about permitting requirements from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- Learn about inspections at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- Contact the Department of Small and Local Business Development
- Learn more about Housing Choice Voucher Program at the District of Columbia Housing Authority
- Learn more about Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program from the Department of Housing and Community Development
- Learn more about Small Building Program from the Department of Housing and Community Development.
- Learn more about Housing Counseling Services from the Department of Housing and Community Development.
- Learn more about Units, Condo-Co-Op Conversion and Sale, Rent Control, Housing Resource Center, Zoning, Rental Housing Commission, Tenant Opportunity to Purchase from the Department of Housing and Community Development
- Are you a developer? Learn more at Department of Housing and Community Development
- Learn more about disability services offered to District residents at the Department of Disability Services
- Learn more about available services offered by the Department of Aging for District residents
- Learn more about lead in water at DC Water
Need more information?
- Lead and your health
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- United Stated Environmental Protection Agency’s Certified Renovation and Lead Dust Sampling Technician Firms (RRP certified)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing
- Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Water Filters (Removal of lead)