Whatcom County Planning and Development Services outlines clarifications to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order and appendix as it pertains to construction, identifying nearly all construction as nonessential. This means most construction activities are required to stop during the order.
All construction activities allowed to continue under exemptions must comply with social distancing including appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding.
According to the memo issued by the governor the exceptions are construction related to essential activities like health care, transportation, energy, defense and critical manufacturing; construction “to further a public purpose related to a public entity,” including publicly financed low-income housing; and emergency repairs.
Inspections will continue for projects in unincorporated Whatcom County that qualify for essential Infrastructure and businesses including:
The County’s Planning and Development Department is working diligently to ensure that the review process for building and land use permits continues during this crisis. The Department’s intent is to ensure that when restrictions are lifted, construction can immediately begin.
For more information, call 360-778-5900 or visit www.whatcomcounty.us/358/Planning-Development-Services.