Lead paint laws and regulations

The City of Philadelphia has laws and regulations to protect residents from unsafe living conditions.

Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law

  • In 2012, the Philadelphia City Code was amended to include the Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law.  Currently, the law requires owners of properties built before 1978 and rented to children 6 years or younger to provide the tenant with certification prepared by a dust wipe technician stating that the property is either lead safe or lead-free.  Beginning October 1, 2020, landlords will be required to test and certify rental properties as lead-safe or lead-free, regardless of a child’s age, in order to:
    • Execute a new or renewed lease or
    • Receive or renew a rental license.

Learn more about this regulation.

Other regulations

  • The School District of Philadelphia conducts water testing at every school on a five-year cycle. This helps to guarantee that students have access to safe drinking water at school. All water testing results are posted online for public view.
  • The School District of Philadelphia must keep its buildings safe from environmental hazards, including asbestos, mold, and lead paint.
  • All schools and licensed day care facilities caring for 13 or more children are required to test all potable water outlets for lead and submit results to the Department of Public Health.

 

Name Description Released Format
Certification of Water Quality as a Condition of Occupancy for Certain Buildings Used for Education PDF This ordinance requires educational facilities and child care facilities with more than 13 children to certify that water from each drinking outlet contains less than 10 parts per billion of lead. Such water quality testing must be conducted within five years. November 25, 2019
Miscellaneous Standards and Requirements: Lead Paint and Other Lead Hazards PDF This ordinance amends Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Health Code,” relating to lead paint hazards and other violations, to provide for appeal periods and for penalties, to provide for inspections and fees, to revise definitions, and to promote lead safety. November 25, 2019
Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law PDF The Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law requires owners of property built before 1978 and rented to children six years or younger to provide the tenant with certification prepared by a certified lead inspector stating that the property is either lead free or lead safe. September 12, 2019
Rental Property Lead Certification Law (effective 10-1-2020) PDF This ordinance requires all rental properties built after 1978 to be certified as lead free or lead safe before a rental license will be granted. The requirement will be transitioned for compliance in four groups determined by zip code, beginning on October 1, 2020 and ending on April 1, 2022. November 25, 2019
Residential Lead Paint Disclosure and Family Child Day Care Facility Lead Certification PDF This ordinance requires family child day care facilities to be certified as lead-free or lead-safe before a license to operate will be granted by the Department of Licenses and Inspections. November 25, 2019
Residential Lead Paint Disclosure and Family Child Day Care Facility Lead Certification (Clarification) PDF This ordinance allows family child day care facilities until January 1, 2020 to achieve compliance with lead-free or lead-safe requirements. November 25, 2019
Special Certification of Inspection for Educational Occupancies PDF This ordinance requires educational facilities to certify that their facility was built subsequent to 1978 or that the facility is safe from lead paint hazards as determined by a certified lead inspector. If any lead paint hazard is identified during the inspection, the facility must take corrective action or isolate the area. November 25, 2019
Testing Lead Levels in Children PDF This ordinance requires physicians to test any child between 9 and 21 months of age for a blood lead level. Children between 21 and 72 months must also have a blood lead level test at least once after the age of 21 months. November 25, 2019

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