Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule


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Make sure to give out the Renovate Right pamphlet no earlier than 60 days before you actually start the job (even if you already gave it out).


The Lead-Safe Renovation Rule protects kids from poisonous lead paint dust that can be created during renovation work. Window removal, paint scraping, and remodeling are just a few examples of work covered by the rule.

Federal law banned lead from consumer paints starting in 1978. The rule applies to renovation work done in housing and child-occupied facilities built anytime before 1978.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures rules (40 CFR Part 745), to implement the law in Wisconsin.

Select a topic below for related info on lead-safe renovation.

Get Trained and Certified

Training and certification are required before you may offer or conduct regulated lead-based paint activities in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. These activities include most paint-disturbing renovation work (e.g. replacing windows, scraping paint prior to re-painting).

Read these step-by-step directions for getting certified, and then sign up for lead-safe renovation training from an accredited provider. The rest is easy!

When you get certified and work safely, you're protecting yourself and your customers.

Replace a Lost/Stolen Cleaning Verification Card

Did you misplace or damage your cleaning verification card? Just email us to request a replacement, and we'll mail one to you, free of charge.

    Guidance for Specific Professions

    Choose the fact sheet for your profession to learn the basic requirements of the rule as it applies to your work:

    Using Lead Test Kits

    Test kits can be used to determine the presence of lead-based paint, but they come with a lot of responsibility. Learn about requirements for using lead test kits, whether you're a homeowner or a certified lead professional.

    Videos of Lead-Safe Work

    Watch videos of lead-safe renovation work. See what a real jobsite setup should look like. If you are a certified lead-safe renovator, use these videos as teaching tools for your company's uncertified employees.

    "Renovate Right" Pamphlet and Other Forms

    Renovate Right and the Sample Pre-Renovation Form

    Lead companies are responsible to give the EPA's Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (en español) to owners and occupants prior to renovating pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities (but not more than 60 days before starting work). Companies may use the EPA's sample Pre-Renovation Form to obtain written acknowledgement of receipt of the pamphlet.

    Specific requirements based on the type of property and area being renovated are provided in Wisconsin Admin. Code § DHS 163.14 (10), Information Distribution Requirements for Renovation Activities.

    Renovation Notice

    This sample renovation notice form can be completed and used to notify tenants of renovations in common areas of multi-family housing. The form also includes a portion for documenting the steps taken to notify tenants for the company's records.

    Specific requirements based on the type of property and area being renovated are provided in Wisconsin Admin. Code § DHS 163.14 (10), Information Distribution Requirements for Renovation Activities.

    Test Kit Documentation

    This sample form can be used to document lead test kit sampling results. Learn about requirements for using lead test kits.

    Additional Resources

    Frequently Asked Questions about Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule
    Find answers to frequently asked questions. If your question isn't answered here, please email us to ask.
    EPA's "LEAD Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting"
    This is the EPA's Student Manual for its initial Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training curriculum.
    EPA's Frequent Questions on Lead-Based Paint
    While DHS regulates training, accreditation, and certification for lead-based paint activities in Wisconsin, the EPA has a lot of helpful answers on its website that apply to Wisconsin-certified lead-safe renovators and other professionals.
    EPA's "Steps to LEAD SAFE Renovation, Repair and Painting"
    This guide outlines the basic steps to planning and completing a renovation using lead-safe work practices. We recommend it for lead-safe renovators to use when training uncertified members of their crew, as well as for do-it-yourselfers.
    HUD's "Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work" (PDF)
    This step-by-step manual illustrates the safety precautions needed doing home maintenance and addressing paint problems in pre-1978 homes. This resource is recommended for do-it-yourselfers.
    HUD's Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing
    The Guidelines describe how paint-disturbing work in pre-1978 housing should be done, from planning to making sure a home is clean and safe after being renovated.
    HUD's Guidelines are comprehensive and are accepted as a "documented methodology" for properly conducting regulated lead-based paint activities under Wisconsin Admin. Code, Ch. DHS 163.


    Read our FAQ about lead-safe renovation but still have questions? Send us an email, or call us at 608-261-6876.

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    Last Revised: March 7, 2022