How to Request a Lead Inspection from the City of Chicago

Posted on: August 4, 2010

Safe and Healthy Homes

Safe and Healthy Homes is a primary prevention partnership linking parents and resources in an effort to abate lead hazards before toddlers begin crawling and exploring the home environment.  Safe and Healthy Homes is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Directions for Requesting a Lead Inspection in English and Spanish

  1. Call 311 to request a lead inspection from Chicago City Services.  Let City Services know that you are concerned that you may have lead paint in your home.
  2. An inspector will call you to schedule an appointment
  3. The inspector will include a look at the paint on the inside and outside of your home.  the inspector may take dust or paint samples.
  4. If the inspector finds a lead problem:
    a. The landlord will be responsible for making the building lead safe
    b. Some landlords may be eligible for financial assistance programs to make their buildings lead safe

Para Solicitar una Inspeccion para Detectar Plomo:

  1. Llame 311 para pedir una inspeccion de plomo a los Servicios de la Ciudad de Chicago. Digale a los Servicios de la Ciudad que tiene preocupaccion sombre plomo en la pintura de su casa.
  2. Un inspector lo llamara en el lapso de 2-3 semanas.
  3. Durante la inspeccion pueden tomarse muestras de polvo asi como de la pintura del interior y del exterior de su edificio.
  4. Si el inspector halla problemas con el plomo:
    a. Al edministrador de su edificio sera responsable de que su edificio no este en riesgo por contaminacion con plomo.
    b. En algunos casos pueden haber programas de ayuda financiera para ayudar a que su edificio este libre de riesgos por contaminacion por plomo disponibles para su administrador.

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For more information about lead poisoning prevention and the Safe and Healthy Homes Project, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director, Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791
jpinkwater@illinoisaap.com