What Happens If I Work on an RRP Job and I Don't Have a License?

The Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovation ("RRP") requirements became effective July 9, 2010. All renovation work performed for compensation in target housing or child-occupied facility, as defined in the DLS regulation 454 CMR 22.00, can only be done by a DLS licensed contractor (with certain exceptions). Typical trades that perform work that falls under the rule can include painters, renovation and remodeling contractors, window installers, maintenance persons, plumbers, electricians and others. Renovation work DOES NOT include the removal of lead paint done to be in compliance with the Massachusetts Lead Law. For more information on Deleading, please read our content titled Deleading vs. Renovation, Repair and Painting Work: What's the Difference? DLS has a team of inspectors stationed across the state who investigate tips and complaints and stop by worksites to inspect contractors and others that are performing RRP work. DLS inspectors check to see that work is being performed by properly trained and licensed workers and contractors, and that the work is being conducted safely and as required by the regulation. Contractors found in violation of the RRP regulation can face penalties by DLS such as: issuance of a Cease Work Order; license suspension or revocation; civil penalty fines of up to $5,000 per violation.

Quotes from a radio interview on 7/28/11 with a MA painting contractor working North of Boston:

…Last year, I had been hired to repaint the exterior of a building. I had heard about the new lead paint law, and had even registered for a course, but did not take it before doing this job...I didn't think I would get caught; but I did...DLS assessed a fine against me...DLS has a group of inspectors that go out and inspect job sites checking to see if contractors are licensed and doing the work safely...The law is real, let's follow it; it makes the work safer for everybody.