In 2009, Burlington City Council enacted the Lead Safety Ordinance (Chapter 18 Housing, Article III, 18-112 Paint) to protect children from lead poisoning. The Ordinance was drafted by Code Enforcement, the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) and the City Attorney’s Office based on national research.
Code Enforcement ensures EMP compliance during a Minimum Housing Inspections by requiring a copy of the most recent EMP Compliance Statement filed with the State of Vermont by property owners. A Certificate of Compliance will not be issued until EMP compliance is met.
Lead Safe Work Practices are necessary when working on any pre-1978 dwelling, including rental units and owner-occupied properties. Code Enforcement has the authority to issue stop work orders or tickets if proper work practices are not being used.
The Ordinance also requires a warning poster be hung prior to and during any work that disturbs exterior paint on pre-1978 dwelling. Hard copies of the poster are available at both the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) in City Hall or at the Code Enforcement Office.