An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »


What, if any, additional requirements or liabilities exist if a homeowner independently removes the protective barriers and containment measures implemented by the firm during a renovation?

Before a firm begins a renovation, they are required to comply with all information distribution requirements under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule and to post signs that clearly define the work area and warn occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area. A firm that fails to comply with these requirements is liable under the RRP Rule.  

If, however, a firm does comply with these requirements and a homeowner or other person nevertheless removes the barriers, a firm must cease renovations until the necessary containment measures are re-established. A firm should also take additional steps to warn occupants or other persons of the dangers of entering the work area or removing barriers.

Question Number: 23002-23675

Find a printable PDF copy of all frequent questions pertaining to lead.