Construction and the Governor's Stay Home Order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that legally required all residents to curtail all social activity, and banned ALL gatherings of any size, public or private, and restricted construction.

Most residential and commercial construction, with some exceptions, was prohibited by the Governor’s Stay at Home order and CPD staff actively reached out to the MI building community to encourage compliance.

Further clarification authorized some construction work to continue, including work necessary for safety or damage avoidance, or essential for the use of a home like emergency water heater replacements, roof repair, or securing a construction site from damage.

If residents have not done so already, please postpone contractor work at your home or place of business unless the work is:

  • Essential to prevent damage.
  • Essential to address unsafe conditions.
  • Essential for making emergency repairs.

To lodge a complaint about ongoing construction work, please first review the list of exceptions (see Memo here), then call the City's Coronavirus hotline: 206-275-7626.

Continuing to review and issue permits is an essential function of government. Permit reviews ensure that construction work is safe, protects the environment, and supports a swift economic recovery.

Community Planning and Development (CPD) staff are working remotely to complete this essential activity, consistent with the Governor’s Stay at Home order. CPD is continuing to:

  • Accept and review permit applications.
  • Conduct pre-application meetings.
  • Conduct inspections for work that is exempt from the Governor’s order.

If you would like to file a permit application, request a pre-application meeting, or request an inspection – please visit the CPD website: for instructions on how to do so.

CPD has temporarily suspended the following work:

  • Inspections for work that is not exempt from the order.
  • Legislative work (e.g. Town Center, sign, small cell code amendments, etc.).
  • Design Commission and Planning Commission public meetings.
  • Public hearings before the Hearing Examiner and Design Commission.
  • Issuance of public notices.
  • Issuance of permits that require additional public notice.

Some of the above work has been temporarily suspended to allow the City to develop alternative means of doing the work remotely. CPD anticipates resuming the issuance of public notice and issuance of permit approvals in the near future, and anticipates resuming public meetings and public hearings when feasible.

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