Asbestos and Lead Based Paint

Rules Governing Asbestos Containing Materials

An asbestos survey performed by an accredited asbestos inspector is required prior to most remodeling and demolition activities.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) requires a survey for asbestos containing materials (ACM) by an accredited asbestos inspector prior to any renovation or demolition activities. A copy of that survey must remain on site during any demolition or renovation activity.

If the survey finds ACM present, the State of Oregon Air protection Agency requires abatement performed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor prior to any renovation or demolition activities that would disturb the ACM, with few exceptions.

For more information please contact the LRAPA by visiting there website or by calling 541-736-1056.

Laws Governing Lead Based Paint (LBP)

Federal law requires that all contractors who renovate “target housing” or “child-occupied facilities” be licensed for that work. “Target housing” refers to housing built before 1978. “Child-occupied facilities” are places frequented by children ages six years and under. “Renovation” includes the following.
  1. Removing, modifying, or repairing painted surfaces.
  2. Removing building components like walls, plumbing, or windows.
  3. Window replacement.
  4. Weatherization projects.
  5. Work that disturbs painted surfaces.

The federal law is intended to protect individuals from possible lead exposure. The law does not require proof that target housing or child-occupied facilities contain lead-based paint (LBP). Instead, it assumes possible exposure from the renovation of certain buildings.


To satisfy the federal law, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2134 (2009). This law creates a Certified LBP Renovation Contractor License. To qualify for the Certified LBP Renovation Contractors License (LBPR), an owner or employee of a business licensed through the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) must take the required Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training and receive a completion certificate. Contact the State of Oregon CCB at 503-373-2007 for more information on obtaining LBPR certification.

Performing work on subject structures without a LBPR license, will subject the contractor to the possibility of severe state and federal civil penalties.

LBP Inspection protocol for removal of an entire structure

  • All debris shall be kept on the subject tax lot, until disposed of in an approved manner.


  • Existing water and sewer lines are to be capped per Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code. Any abandoned septic systems are to be decommissioned in accordance with OAR 340-071-0185.


  • Once demolition is complete and piping is capped, the permit holder shall call for final inspection.

LBP Inspection protocol for remodel work

  • The permit holder shall request the required inspections listed in the permit packet as project progress allows.


  • Should unforeseen conditions or unexpected challenges necessitate an alteration to the approved permit documents, the permit holder shall notify the Building Program before proceeding with work. Any changes to the permit documents must be reviewed and approved prior to the inspection of the work.