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Supervisor for Housing and Public Buildings
Qualifications and Requirements

Nature of Work

Certified lead abatement Supervisors for Housing and Public Buildings (SHPB) supervise lead abatement work in housing and public buildings.  These individuals must be employed by a NJ Department of Community Affairs certified Housing and Public Buildings Contractor.  

Legal Authority

N.J.S.A. 26:2Q and N.J.A.C. 8:62


Age: 18 years or older

Education and Experience:  Applicants must attend a 40 hour training course approved by the Department of Health (DOH). Please refer to the list of "Certified Training Providers" for more information on where these courses are given.

All applicants for an SHPB permit must have, at a minimum, the following:

  • At least one year of experience as a lead abatement worker
  • At least two years of experience in a related field or the construction trades


SHPB applicants must pass a written third party examination administered under the approval of the DOH.

Application and Fees

Application:  A written application [pdf 41k] must be submitted to the DOH on a form approved by the DOH.  All applications must include documentation which provides proof of qualifications, proof of passing  the third party examination, a passport-sized color photo meeting the requirements indicated on the application and certified check or money order in the amount of the application fee (below). 

Application Fee:  $150

Length of Permit

The permit is valid for two years.

Renewing a Permit

An application for renewal of a permit shall be submitted during the 90 calendar day period prior to or after the permitís expiration date. The DOH shall renew a permit if the renewal applicant has:

  • Completed a written application [pdf 41k] to renew the permit within 90 days prior to or after the expiration of the previously issued SHPB permit.
  • Provided evidence of refresher training
  • Paid all penalties lawfully imposed on the applicant
  • Provided a certified check or money order in the amount of the application fee (see above)

Note: The DOH will treat an application for renewal as a first time application if the applicant's previous WHPB permit has been expired for more than 90 days.


Application for Reciprocal Lead Permit [pdf 44k] - Applicants who have been trained and permitted outside of New Jersey must provide proof of a currently valid certification with another state which has received US Environmental Protection Agency authorization to administer and enforce a state lead certification and training program under Title IV of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
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