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What is a renovation?

The Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule covers activities that modify an existing structure and that result in the disturbance of painted surfaces. All types of repair, remodeling, maintenance, modernization, and weatherization projects are covered, including projects performed as part of another Federal, State, or local program, if the projects meet the definition of ‘‘renovation’’. The term “renovation” includes (but is not limited to):

  • Removing, modifying or repairing painted surfaces or painted components. Examples include modifying painted doors, surface restoration, window repair, and surface preparation activity like sanding and scraping that may generate paint dust.
  • Removing building components such as walls, ceilings, plumbing, or windows.  
  • Weatherization projects such as cutting holes in painted surfaces to install blown-in insulation or to gain access to attics, or planing thresholds to install weather-stripping.
  • Interim controls that disturb painted surfaces.

The RRP Program rule only applies to persons who perform renovations for compensation. 

Question Number: 23002-22108

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