Several local, state and federal laws aim to reduce and eliminate lead hazards and poisoning.

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Illinois and local lead laws

The Benchbook, developed by the Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center's Policy Institute, summarizes and compiles Chicago, Illinois and federal laws on lead poisoning.


Federal laws

Several federal laws exist to raise awareness and protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil.

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Lead disclosure laws Learn about property owners' requirements to disclose lead hazards.

EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) The EPA's new RRP rule requires contractors to become certified in certain lead-safe practices before working on pre-1978 buildings.

Chicago and Illinois Lead Laws PowerPoint (2009) See an overview of local lead laws.

Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right This guide is for contractors, property managers, and maintenance personnel working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

Additional information for…
Property owners
  • The do's and don'ts of home renovation
  • What to look for in a lead contractor
  • How to find a lead contractor
  • Required disclosures to tenants
  • Right of inspection
  • Right of notification of lead hazards
  • Notifying landlords about possible lead in homes
  • If a landlord won't address a lead hazard
Childcare providers
  • Childcare provider responsibilities
  • Educational information
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