Please note that any building-related activities, such as renovations, repairs, painting, and demolitions, may be subject to regulations governing the handling, removal and/or disposal of asbestos and lead-based paint. All applicants for residential demolitions subject to the Residential Demolition Delay Ordinance (Portland City Code Section 24.55.200 and Major Residential Alterations and Additions (Portland City Code Section 24.55.210 must complete a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint certifying that they have had the area of disturbance tested and if the area contains asbestos or lead-based paint, any such materials in the area will be properly handled, removed and disposed of prior to work commencing.
Beginning April 1, 2017, Metro will implement screening requirements for various types of construction materials delivered to its transfer stations in addition to those materials for which Metro began requiring asbestos testing in early 2016. Drywall (sheetrock) is the most significant of these additional materials for which asbestos testing will be required starting April 1. Other materials are listed on Metro’s website, www.oregonmetro.gov/asbestosrules.
If you have questions regarding asbestos and the rules governing renovation, repairs and removal of asbestos-containing material, contact the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (503) 229-5982 or visit their website at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/asbestos/.
How to Report Concerns Regarding Asbestos
You may report any environment-related complaint, including regarding asbestos with the Department of Environmental Quality’s website at http://www.deq.state.or.us/complaints/rep.htm
For questions regarding lead-based paint requirements for renovation, repair or painting projects done by a contractor, please contact the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) at: (503) 934-2229 or visit their website at: www.oregon.gov/ccb.
For questions regarding lead-based paint requirements for renovation, repair or painting projects not done by a contractor (e.g., a homeowner, property owner doing your own work, rental agency, etc.), please contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at: (971) 673-0440 or visit their website at: http://public.health.oregon.gov.
How to Report Concerns Regarding Lead-Based Paint
Construction Contractor Board (CCB) and the Oregon Health Board (OHA) have enforcement authority under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) § 431.920 to suspend, revoke or modify a certification to perform lead-based paint activities or renovation if the holder of the certification fails to comply with state or federal statutes or regulations related to lead-based paint. Certified firms and renovators in Oregon found to be non-complaint may be liable for civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, per day.
To file a complaint or report a possible violation of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule involving a CCB licensed contractor, contact the Construction Contractors Board:
- CCB Web: www.oregon.gov/CCB
- Phone: CCB Customer Service Unit at 503-378-4621
To file a complaint or report a possible violation of the RRP Rule involving an individual not licensed by the CCB (landlords, property management companies, schools and child care facilities), contact the Oregon Health Authority:
- Phone: Lead-Based Paint Program at 971-673-0440
- LeadLine: a toll free phone service at 1-800-368-5060
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For worker safety issues regarding either asbestos or lead-based paint, please contact OSHA at: (503) 229-5910 or visit their website at: www.orosha.org.