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    Division for Regulatory Services
    P. O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 787143947
    (512) 834-6770 


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NOTIFICATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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Environmental Lead Program


  1. When does the seven working-day (not calendar days) notification time period begin?
  2. Are holidays counted as working days for notification purposes?
  3. Can we start the project on Saturday or Sunday?
  4. Can the abatement notification form be faxed to the Environmental Lead Program?
  5. Are there fees associated with submitting an abatement notification?
  6. Are fees charged for amendments to original notifications?
  7. Who needs to be notified if there is an amendment to the notification?
  8. What if I am not changing the dates of the project, but am simply making another change such as a different abatement firm or new supervisor?
  9. What if the lead abatement project is cancelled?
  10. What do I do if I have an emergency notification?
  11. I have an apartment complex made up of several separate buildings.  Is there just one abatement notification  required for the complex or must an abatement notification be submitted for each building? 
  12. Must an abatement notification fee be paid for each original (initial) notification submitted, even though the abatement is to take place at an apartment complex at one location, but made up of several separate buildings?

1. When does the seven working-day (not calendar days) notification time period begin?

The clock begins ticking from the date of postmark on the notification. Working days are defined as Monday through Friday. including holidays that fall on those days. No abatement work should begin until after seven working days from the date of notification to the department.

2. Are holidays counted as working days?

Holidays are considered to be working days if they fall on Monday through Friday.

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3. Can we start the project on Saturday or Sunday?

The start of the project can be on a non-working day.

4. Can the abatement notification form be faxed to the Environmental Lead Program?

Facsimiles are not accepted. The notification form must be complete, and only original signatures are acceptable. Copies of the notification must be provided to the appropriate DSHS Regional Office by fax, hand-delivery, or express-mail, and must be received on the same date that the notification to the Environmental Health Notifications Group (EHNG) is post-marked.

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5. Are there fees associated with submitting an abatement notification?

The notification fee for each project is $103. An invoice for the required fee will be sent to the firm or authorized agent of the firm submitting the notice after the notification has been received by DSHS.

6. Are fees charged for amendments to original notifications?

No, there are no fees associated with amendments to original notifications.

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7. Who needs to be notified if there is an amendment to the notification?

For changes in the start/and or stop date(s) the Environmental Health Notifications Group (EHNG) in the central headquarters office in Austin and the appropriate DSHS Regional Office must be notified by telephone between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) prior to the original start and/or stop date(s) as previously specified on the notification form. A written amended notification must be postmarked within 24 hours following the telephone communication with the EHNG and the regional office.  The phone numbers for EHNG are:  (512) 834-6770, ext. 2172; or toll-free at (888) 778-9440 ext. 2172.

8. What if I am not changing the dates of the project, but am simply making another change such as a different abatement firm or new supervisor?

A written amended notification would need to be submitted to the Environmental Health Notifications Group in Austin.

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9. What if the lead abatement project is cancelled?

The Environmental Lead Program and the appropriate DSHS Regional Office must be notified by telephone between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) at least 24 hours prior to the start date, and a notification of cancellation must be submitted to the Environmental Lead Program and postmarked no later than 24 hours following the telephone communication with the Environmental Lead Program and the regional office. The copy of the notification shall also be hand-delivered, express-mailed, or faxed to the regional office.  Phone: 1-888-778-9440 ext. 2172 or (512) 834-6770 ext. 2172.

10. What do I do if I have an emergency notification?

In the event of lead abatement made necessary by an unexpected or unplanned lead incident, notifcation will be made as soon as practicable, but not later than the following work day after the occurrence of the incident. Initial notification shall be made by telephone to the Environmental Health Notification Group (EHNG) in Austin and the DSHS Regional Office followed by formal notification on the DSHS notification form.  The phone numbers for EHNG are:  (512) 834-6770, ext. 2172; or toll-free at (888) 778-9440 ext. 2172.

11. I have an apartment complex made up of several separate buildings.  Is there just one abatement notification  required for the complex or must an abatement notification be submitted for each building?

A separate abatement notification must be submitted for each individual and separate residential dwelling, or each building within a multi-family dwelling complex to be abated.

12.  Must an abatement notification fee be paid for each original (initial) notification submitted, even though the abatement is to take place at an apartment complex at one location, but made up of several separate buildings?

Each individual and separate residential dwelling, or each building within a multi-family dwelling complex to be abated, must have a separate notification and a fee ($103) paid for each.  

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Last updated November 19, 2012