Pursuant to N.J.A.C 5:28A-2.4, lead-safe certificates are issued to properties that are found to not have interior lead-based paint hazards after undergoing periodic inspection. This includes the unit itself and common areas, such as hallways or entrances.
Pursuant to NJ A.C. 5:17-3.6(b), a lead-free certificate is issued to properties that have no lead-based paint on any surface within the unit, common area, or building.
Also outlined in NJ A.C. 5:17 is lead-hazard free certification, which does not meet the ordinance requirements as per the exemption guidelines in N.J.A.C. 5:28A-1.3(b). After inspection and risk assessment, properties can be deemed “lead-hazard free” in the absence of any condition that causes exposure to lead (i.e. lead-contaminated dust, soil, or paint).
Princeton’s municipal inspectors have the training and authority to issue lead-safe certificates, valid for (2) years. Obtaining a lead-free certificate from a certified lead evaluation contractor would exempt a property from the inspections under this ordinance and is valid for life. Lead-hazard free certification does not meet the requirements for exemption. Such properties would still need to be inspected to obtain a lead-safe certificate every (2) years.
Summary of Lead Certificates
|Lead Safe||Lead-Free||Lead-Hazard Free|
|Definition||Property does not have interior lead-based paint hazards at periodic inspection ||Property is completely free of lead paint ||Property does not have conditions that can cause lead exposure (i.e. contaminated dust, soil, paint) |
|Meets ordinance requirements?||YES||YES||NO|
|How to Obtain||Request inspection from municipal inspector OR hire a certified lead evaluation contractor.||Hire a certified lead evaluation contractor.|
|Method of Inspection|
Visual assessment or dust wipe sampling
(identifies the presence of lead paint)
|Valid for...||2 years||Life |
(exempt from lead-safe inspections)
|NOT valid for this ordinance, property subject to inspection every (2) years |