Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule

Federal rule banned lead from residential paint in 1978. In 2008, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency passed the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (Exit DHS). The federal rule was enacted to protect young children from being exposed to lead-based paint hazards that can be created during renovation activities. The federal rule has been incorporated into Wis. Administrative Code DHS 163 (Exit DHS) and is called the Wisconsin Lead-Safe Renovation Rule.

The new rule affects target housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978:

  • Single-family and multi-family housing built before 1978 (regardless if a child lives in the property)
  • Child-occupied facilities in building built before 1978

3M LeadCheck and ESCA Tech Klean Strip D-Lead are now recognized tests in Wisconsin

Contractor Corner

Your Lead-Safe Renovator questions answered here

Who should use the Contractor Corner: contractors; rental property owners, property managers and maintenance personnel; school administrators and maintenance personnel; daycare providers, hospital administrators and maintenance personnel; homeowners and do-it-yourselfers; and anyone else interested in additional information on the Renovation Rule.

Wisconsin Guidance Documents

Additional Resources


  • Renovate Right Toolkit (Word, 1.7 MB) contains sample press releases, talking points, ideas for outreach and more to provide education in your community

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Housing and Urban Development 

Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work | en español. A step-by-step manual that illustrates the safety precautions to take when painting, doing maintenance or renovating in homes built before 1978.

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Last Revised: February 25, 2015