On March 25, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a memorandum clarifying that except in very limited cases, residential and commercial construction is not exempt from the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order. However, PDS has determined that field inspectors are essential personnel and serve an essential function in a crisis according to the Snohomish County Continuity of Operations Plan. PDS will continue to fulfill our duty to assure that construction sites have the required stormwater protections in place and that partially built structures are secured and safe. Framed structures in progress may be protected from the weather by completing the roof and drying in the structure with wrap, windows and doors and to secure plumbing and electrical components from theft. Inspectors will be working on an individual basis to educate customers and will elevate questions to their supervisor and deputy director.
To implement the Governor’s order, PDS will perform inspections for construction projects for non-residential (i.e. commercial) facilities or services that are identified as essential in the Governor’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list. In addition, PDS will be performing inspections for any work that is emergency repair, or ensures structural integrity, including replacement or maintenance. Other inspections of single-family and multi-family residential construction will not be performed, including but not limited to inspections of new construction, additions, and remodels.
Examples of projects for which the county will provide inspections include the following:
EMERGENCY REPAIR, REPLACEMENT and MAINTENANCE
We will provide inspections for the following emergency-related activities for both residential construction (single-family and multi-family) and non-residential construction:
Water service, sewer, storm drainage and flood prevention, furnace, heat pump, electrical systems (service, etc.), water heater, fire sprinkler, fire alarm, plumbing, weather protection, structural, and utility disconnections from essential public works facilities, such as the public water, sewer, or drainage systems. Exception: If the inspection requires entry into an occupied dwelling, please note the occupancy in your inspection request and contact the inspector for a determination on whether the inspection can and should be performed or postponed to a later date.
COMMERCIAL (not including multi-family)
The following are broad categories of possible essential projects.
- Drug stores & grocery stores
- Retail supplying essential sectors
- Schools (public & private childcare through college)
- Government operations (state & local)
- Emergency services
- Food and agriculture
- Energy (e.g. vehicle fueling, PSE projects)
- Data and telecommunication systems
- Water, wastewater, stormwater
- Transportation / mass transit