Notification for Lead-Based Paint Abatement - Environmental Lead Program


Requirements

Original (Initial) Notifications

Certified lead firms are required to deliver written notification of lead-based paint abatement to the Department of State Health Services in cases of child-occupied facilities and target housing (see definitions below).

The certified lead firm is responsible for completing the Lead Abatement Notification Form and notifying the department by sending the form to both the Environmental Health Notifications Group (EHNG) and the appropriate DSHS Regional Office.  The notification forms can be delivered to the EHNG located in Austin by e-mail at lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, or by hand delivery, express mail, or by postal mail provided the time requirements are met.

In addition to the notification requirement of sending the notification form to the EHNG in Austin, a copy of the Lead Abatement Notification Form must be sent to the respective “DSHS Regional Office”.  The copy of the notification form may be delivered to the local DSHS inspector at their e-mail address, fax number, by hand-delivery, by express-mail, or by postal mail provided the time requirements are met.

Notification shall be made no less than seven working days (not calendar days) prior to the commencement of the abatement activity (this does not necessarily include setting up for the abatement project).  The fee for each original notification is $103 (including the $3 processing fee) and is invoiced after receipt of the notification form by the EHNG.

Amended Notifications

Certified lead firms are required to telephone the Environmental Lead Notifications Group (EHNG) and the regional office prior to the original or amended start and/or stop date(s) as previously specified on the notification form.  If the new amended stop-date is earlier than the last notified stop-date, then it must be reported prior to the new amended stop-date.  A written amended Lead Abatement Notification Form must be e-mailed at lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the EHNG within 24 hours of the telephone communication with the EHNG.  A copy of the amended Lead Abatement Notification Form must also be sent to the respective “DSHS Regional Office”. The copy of the notification form may be delivered to the local DSHS inspector at their e-mail address, fax number, or by hand-delivery within 24 hours following the telephone communication with the respective regional office.  There is no fee to submit an amended notification.

Cancelled Notifications

Certified lead firms cancelling a project are required to telephone the Environmental Lead Notifications Group (EHNG) and the regional office at least 24 hours prior to the last notified scheduled start-date of the lead abatement, and a cancelation of notification using the Lead Abatement Notification Form must be e-mailed at lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the EHNG no later than 24 hours following the telephone communication with the EHNG and regional office.  A copy of the Lead Abatement Notification Form indicating the project cancellation shall also be e-mailed, faxed, hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the DSHS inspector within 24 hours following the telephone communication with the respective regional office.  A project cannot be cancelled after the start-date indicated on the original or amended Notification.  Please call the EHNG to discuss if a project needs to be cancelled after it has started.  There is no fee to submit a notification cancellation.

 


Forms and Payment Methods

The Notification Form may be downloaded from the Applications and Forms page on this website.

The Texas Online Payment System is currently unavailable to make lead notification payments. Payments may be made in the form of a check or money order and sent to the payment address provided on the notification invoice. This does not impact the payment of licensing fees.


Help and Support

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about Notifications page for more information on requirements, fees, and changes to projects.

For other questions, please contact the Environmental Lead Program.


Definitions

Child-occupied facility:

A building or part of a building constructed before 1978, including, but not limited to, a day-care center, preschool, or kindergarten classroom, that is visited regularly by the same child, six years of age or younger, at least two days in any calendar week if the visits are for at least: (A) three hours each day; and (B) 60 hours each year.

Target housing:

Any housing constructed prior to 1978, except housing for the elderly or persons with disabilities (unless any child who is six years of age or younger resides or is expected to reside in such housing) or any zero-bedroom dwelling. As defined in this section, target housing includes the terms residential dwelling, multi-family dwelling, and unit.

Last updated June 12, 2018