Learn about Interim Control of lead paint hazards

Interim Control is a way for you to fix urgent lead hazards and follow the Lead Law.

Interim Control is different from full deleading because it only addresses urgent hazards. This is a temporary solution. 

What are urgent lead hazards?

Urgent lead hazards include: 

  • Chipping, peeling, or loose paint
  • Windows with lead paint that shed dust or chips
  • Household dust containing a high lead level
  • Window wells that are not smooth or easy to clean
  • Structural defects such as roof or plumbing leaks that are causing lead paint to peel

How do I obtain a Letter of Interim Control?

There are a few steps to obtaining a Letter of Interim Control.

  • First, you must hire a licensed risk assessor. The risk assessor will identify lead hazards and will show you what work must be done.
  • After the work is completed, the risk assessor must return to take dust samples and visually confirm the work has been done properly.
  • If a the home meets Interim Control standards, the risk assessor will issue a Letter of Interim Control, which is good for one year.

The property owner can have the home reinspected before the end of the year. If the home still meets all the conditions of Interim Control, the Letter of Interim Control may be renewed for an additional year.

Who can fix lead hazards?

Licensed deleaders must do some work. Some repairs must be done by licensed deleaders. Homeowners and their agents who have taken special training may do some low and moderate risk work.

Contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) for more information on what repairs a homeowner can and cannot do.

How long can I have a Letter of Interim Control before I need my property to be fully deleaded?

You can only hold a Letter of Interim Control for 2 years. By the end of 2 years, a residence under Interim Control must be deleaded for full compliance if a child under 6 lives there, even if the property has been sold.

Is financial assistance available?

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