COVID-19 Press Release
According to the Governor’s recent clarification of his Stay Home - Stay Healthy Proclamation, “In general, commercial and residential construction is not authorized under the proclamation because construction is not considered to be an essential activity.” However, the order allows for construction related to essential activities (to further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function); to prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions; and to address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures. The Governor also issued a clarifying memorandum related to real estate transactions.
As stated by the Governor, it is important that “All construction activity must meet social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding.”
How to request an inspection: As usual, inspection requests can be submitted by phone at 509-524-2611 or through the eTRAKiT portal. Anyone requesting an inspection who believes their project is exempt under the Governor’s order, must be prepared to specifically cite the language in the order and/or follow-up memorandum (i.e., page, paragraph, line) providing the exemption. To expedite inspection scheduling, please submit an explanation when you submit your request. (If using the eTRAKiT scheduling, please enter you explanation in the notes section. If by telephone, please send explanation via email to email@example.com.) The request will be documented within the permit record. Inspectors have been granted authority to use sound judgement in determining whether or not the request will be granted and if the inspection can be done safely.
Governor Inslee’s March 23, 2020 Stay Home - Stay Healthy Proclamation: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery. Appendix: Critical Infrastructure Workers: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/WA%20Essential%20Critical%20Infrastructure%20Workers%20%28Final%29.pdf
Governor Inslee’s March, 25, 2020 Construction Guidance memorandum: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/03.25.20-Construction%20Guidance%20Memo%20%28002%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
April 2, 2020 Board of Commissioners letter to Governor Jay Inslee request to reconsider Moratorium of Construction of single family homes.
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