Program Process

What is the Lead Hazard Control Program?


The City of Dubuque has been awarded federal funding to reduce and/or eliminating lead-based paint hazards in approximately 129 units within the city limits of Dubuque.

How Does the Lead Program Work?


After completing and submitting an application your household income will be verified to ensure income requirements are met. After this is verified you will be placed on a list to receive a lead hazard investigation. The investigations will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis once all information is obtained and verified.

Once a lead hazard investigation and risk assessment is completed a copy will be supplied to the property owner. A bid will be provided to a pool of contractors that have signed up to be notified through Notify Me.  Any interested contractors shall attend a bid tour.  You must attend the bid tour in order to bid on a project.  The contractors in attendance shall submit their bids to the Lead Program by the specified date and time.  All bids shall be compared and the lowest responsible bidder shall be awarded the contract. Once the contract is awarded and all closing documents have been signed and secured, the winning contractor shall provide an approximate start date of the project.  The tenants/homeowners shall meet with a Lead Inspector within one week of the start of the project to get the unit "Construction Ready".  Plans for relocation will be secured at that time as well.

What Can I Expect While The Work Is Being Completed?

The property will be vacated during the period of lead hazard activities. Only state certified lead abatement contractors will be allowed on the job site while the work is being completed. Occupants of the property/unit being abated will be relocated to a hotel or a lead-safe City leased apartment or given the option to be paid $50 per night for the length of the project if the tenants opt to stay with friends or family.  A refundable relocation deposit is required.  Pets are not allowed in City leased units so other temporary placement for pets must be found and will be the responsibility of the homeowner and/or tenant and landlord.  THE CITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RELOCATION OF YOUR PETS.  At completion of the work, the property will be thoroughly cleaned and tested to make sure all lead hazards are removed. Once this clearance testing is complete, the occupants will be allowed to move back into their homes. Construction to clearance testing on average takes two weeks.

Project Completion


The grant funding is in the form of a three-year forgivable loan.  For three years after completion of the lead hazard work, income verifications will be completed. Homeowners and tenants must continue to meet the requirements of the program during this three year period. Once the requirements are met for three years the process is complete and the property is released from the program. If the requirements have not been met during the three year period the property owner will be required to pay back the loan.