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Posted on: May 11, 2020

CITY POLICY - Effective 5/4/2020 - Authorized Construction

CITY POLICY- Effective 5/4/2020

Re: Contract Obligation effective prior to March 23, 2020, or

authorized by a government issued permit period to March 23, 2020


On April 29, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Addendum to Executive Order No. 20-25 issued on March 23, 2020 that provides criteria for a limited Phase 1 Construction Restart.

Authorized construction must meet the following criteria:

  • Construction previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and Governor Inslee’s March 25, 2020, memo on construction.
  • Construction not previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and the March 25, 2020, memo that was in existence on March 23, 2020.  For purposes of this memo, in existence means construction activity that is a) needed to fulfill an obligation under a contract effective prior to March 23, 2020, or b) authorized by a government-issued permit obtained prior to March 23, 2020

The Governor’s expressed purpose of the Phase I Construction Restart guidance is to be an interim step towards fully opening up construction; it should be understood within the framework of the Governor’s Order to minimize human-to-human contact and prevent the spread of COVID19. 

If the project meets one of the above-listed authorized construction activities criteria. The project may proceed but only project where all of the workers are able to stay six feet, and are able to meet the 30-point safety checklist provided by the Governor’s Office dated April 23, 2020. See attached. If on that site there is a part of the job that requires closer worker contact, the contractor must create and implement a hazard control and safety plan (which must be approved by L&I in advance) with mandated PPE.


  • Any property owner seeking to restart construction must submit to the City a declaration stating that its project meets the above criteria on the form provided by the City. This form is available online here. If a project does not meet the above criteria, then it may not re-start or proceed.
  • The City will rely upon the Property Owners declaration that its project meets the requirements of Authorized Construction pursuant to the Governor’s Orders.
  • All prior City policies and directives related to inspections remain in full force and effect.
  • State of Washington Labor & Industries has been identified as the authority for enforcement of the Governor’s Order. The City reserves the right but does not undertake the obligation to enforce the Governor’s Orders.
  • All previously authorized construction must meet the 30-point safety checklist issued by the Governor, referred to above.
  • Contractors must submit an affidavit stating compliance with the 30 requirements on a form approved by the City. This form is available online here.
  • Inspection will be denied if non-compliance with applicable safety rules, including 30-point safety checklist issued by the Governor is observed on site. Payment of a re-inspection fee will be required prior to scheduling a new inspection.

Declaration of Owner Form
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