Colorado Springs Realtor - Cherise's Blog: Salient Points about EPA Renovators Protocols

Salient Points about EPA Renovators Protocols

The EPA’s new regulation entitled, “Renovation, Repair and Painting” has caused some ambiguity for homeowners, Colorado Springs Realtors, remodelers, contractors and property managers.

Any firm working for compensation on a pre-1978 residential property has to be licensed by the EPA and have persons trained as “Renovators” to oversee any work. Here are some salient points below:

  • Finished surfaces are assumed to contain lead-based paint unless proven otherwise.
  • If the work disturbs over 6 feet of an interior finished surface or 20 square feet of exterior surfaces, then the lead-safe protocols must be followed.
  • There seems to be some confusion about the square footage numbers for the interior finished surfaces. Colorado law might require if the work disturbs over 2 feet of interior surfaces, then lead-based practices must be followed. Waiting to hear more about this in the future.
  • All record keeping about contract work must be kept for 3 years.
  • Contractors may test surfaces that are to be remodeled only. Lead test kits must use one of each component which requires remodeling.

I know when change happens there is always a bit of uncertainty. Make sure your clients have a lead-based inspection by a certified LBP firm.

Feel free to contact our Colorado Springs Realtors at Selley Group Real Estate, LLC: 2139 Chuckwagon Rd, Ste 210 - Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919 - 719. 598. 5101

Comment balloon 4 commentsCherise Selley • June 03 2010 12:16PM


This regulation leaves me speechless each time I read about it.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


You and I both...  It's only going to make it more difficult for investors, as well as the rest of this industry, to either work or purchase homes of the pre-1978 age.  It's ridiculous and unnecessary.

Posted by Cherise Selley, Colorado Springs Realtor (Selley Group Real Estate, LLC) almost 10 years ago

And written by a government committee staffed by government clerkals who know zip about the real estate industry.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Lenn hit the lead nail on the head!  Regulations are going to kill us.

Posted by Paula McDonald ~ GRI, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago