Notification for Lead-Based Paint Abatement - Environmental Lead Program


Attention: You may now submit your lead abatement notification online.


Requirements

Original (Initial) Notifications


The Texas Environmental Lead Reduction Rules (TELRR) require that notification be made to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Environmental Lead Notifications Group (ELNG) and the appropriate DSHS Regional Office before beginning any lead abatement project in target housing or child-occupied facilities (see definitions below).  

The ELNG shall be notified by the certified lead firm using the Online Lead Abatement Notification System, by e-mailing the Lead Abatement Notification Form to lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, or by hand delivery, express mail, or by postal mail provided the time requirements are met.  In addition to the notification requirement of sending the notification form to the EHNG in Austin, a copy of the Lead Abatement Notification Form must be sent to the respective DSHS Regional Office. The copy of the notification form may be delivered to the local DSHS inspector at their e-mail address, fax number, by hand-delivery, by express-mail, or by postal mail provided the time requirements are met.   

Notification shall be made no less than seven working days (not calendar days) prior to the commencement of the abatement activity (this does not necessarily include setting up for the abatement project). The fee for each original notification is $103 (including the $3 processing fee) and is invoiced after receipt of the notification form by the EHNG. Notifications which do not meet the seven working day requirement or are incomplete are considered to be improper and may result in enforcement proceedings.

Amended Notifications

Certified lead firms are required to telephone the Environmental Lead Notifications Group (EHNG) and the appropriate DSHS Regional Office of any amendment prior to the original or amended start and/or stop date(s) as previously specified on the notification form. If the new amended stop-date is earlier than the last notified stop-date, then it must be reported prior to the new amended stop-date. The certified lead firm can amend their notification form using the Online Lead Abatement Notification System or submit a written amended Lead Abatement Notification Form by e-mail to lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, or hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the EHNG within 24 hours of the telephone communication with the EHNG. A copy of the amended Lead Abatement Notification Form must also be sent to the respective DSHS Regional Office. The copy of the notification form may be delivered to the local DSHS inspector at their e-mail address, fax number, or by hand-delivery within 24 hours following the telephone communication with the respective regional office. There is no fee to submit an amended notification.

Cancelled Notifications

Certified lead firms cancelling a project are required to telephone the Environmental Lead Notifications Group (EHNG) and the DSHS Regional Office at least 24 hours prior to the last notified scheduled start-date of the lead abatement, and a cancelation of notification using the Online Lead Abatement Notification System or submit a written amended Lead Abatement Notification Form by e-mail to lead.notifications@dshs.texas.gov, or hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the EHNG within 24 hours of the telephone communication with the EHNG.

A copy of the Lead Abatement Notification Form indicating the project cancellation shall also be e-mailed, faxed, hand-delivered, postmarked, or express-mailed to the DSHS inspector within 24 hours following the telephone communication with the respective regional office. A project cannot be cancelled after the start-date indicated on the original or amended Notification. Please call the EHNG to discuss if a project needs to be cancelled after it has started. There is no fee to submit a notification cancellation.
 


Forms and Payment Methods

If submitting a notification other than through the Online Lead Abatement Notification System, a Notification Form can be downloaded from the Applications and Forms page on this website.

Original lead abatement notifications submitted to the department prior to March 14, 2022 can only be paid by mail. Payments may be made in the form of a check or money order and sent to the payment address provided on the notification invoice. This does not impact the payment of licensing fees.

Notifications Program Update
04/01/2022
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY


No onsite payments of notification invoices will be accepted. Please either use the notifications online system or send your payments with invoice coupon to the address listed on your invoices. 

CASH RECEIPTS BRANCH, MC 2003
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
PO BOX 149347
AUSTIN, TX 78714-9347

Contact Information:


If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at:


Email: Lead Abatement Notifications
Toll-Free: (800) 572-5548 (within Texas)
Local: (512) 834-6747


Help and Support

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about Notifications page for more information on requirements, fees, and changes to projects.

For other questions, please contact the Environmental Lead Program.


Definitions

Child-occupied facility:

A building or part of a building constructed before 1978, including, but not limited to, a day-care center, preschool, or kindergarten classroom, that is visited regularly by the same child, six years of age or younger, at least two days in any calendar week if the visits are for at least: (A) three hours each day; and (B) 60 hours each year.

Target housing:

Any housing constructed prior to 1978, except housing for the elderly or persons with disabilities (unless any child who is six years of age or younger resides or is expected to reside in such housing) or any zero-bedroom dwelling. As defined in this section, target housing includes the terms residential dwelling, multi-family dwelling, and unit.

Last updated April 28, 2022