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CWHBA Resources & Response re: COVID-19

CWHBA is committed to public safety, so in accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Order, issued March 23, 2020, we have closed our office doors and are working remotely. 

Even with our office doors closed, we will be working to keep this site up-to-date with the latest, continuing to communicate with our members regularly regarding updates, and aim to be available and responsive by both phone and email.

NEWEST Constuction Guidelines During WA Stay-at-Home Order

Guidance from the Building Industry Association of Washington:

At 5:30 p.m. on March 23, 2020, Gov. Inslee issued a stay-at-home order; this order takes effect on Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. and will go for at least two weeks. See the order here >> 

This order is in addition to those already issued that limited or closed dine-in restaurants, schools, salons, and gyms with bans on gatherings of 10+ people.

What does this new directive mean for home builders? UPDATED 3/25/20

March 25, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued official guidance that “construction is not considered an essential activity” in the Stay-at-Home Order he announced on Monday. As a result, all construction – residential and commercial – must shut down during the two weeks in which the order is in place. 

Beginning at midnight, Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020, when the order takes effect, no construction will be allowed until at least April 8, 2020. The only exception for residential construction is for emergency repairs. The order could also be extended. Employers who are deemed essential, or performing essential work, can also provide employees with a letter with your company name, contact, and statement that they are your employee working on your job site. Workers should always have the letter and their employee identification on them when commuting to and from job sites. FIND A TEMPLATE LETTER HEREBusinesses not included in the list of essential services are required to have employees work remotely. 

Essential Business Inquiries

Governor Inslee designated certain worker categories as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” excluding them from the March 23 Executive Order directing all residents to stay home. If you’re a worker or a business representative wanting to know if your business category can be included in this list or you need clarification whether your business is on the list, fill out the form. Please visit the Essential business page at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business to see if your business category is already addressed before filling out the form. Complete Inquiry Here >>

Local Permit Departments - Status Updates

City Permitting

Issuing permits and performing inspection that are for public health and safety essential facilities and services.

  • No new construction plan review, building permits or inspections will be taking place for the next two weeks unless they are for essential public health and safety operations and services.
  • Contractors are allowed to maintain single family residential job site(s) for public health and safety reasons.
  • City Phone Number (509) 682-8017.
  • Luis Gonzalez Building & Fire Code Official lgonzalez@cityofchelan.us

Reduced Hours for City Hall (10:00-2:00)

  • Building permits accepted during open hours and via mail: 119 West First Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922
  • All permits other than building accepted electronically with payments by phone or check

City Office Closed to the public

  • City hall closed to the public, staff still reporting for work
  • Plumbing, mechanical and roofing permits can be submitted online by clicking on the SmartGov button located here.
  • Other building permits can be submitted via email to Building Permit Technician, Yesenia Medina at massongy@ci.ellensburg.wa.us. You can also email your building questions to Yesenia, or call (509) 962-7239.
  • To request a building inspection, call (509) 962-7142 no later than 4:00 to request an inspection for the next day
  • Planning applications can be submitted electronically to Kelli McDonald at mcdonaldk@ci.ellensburg.wa.us. You can also email with any planning-related questions, or call (509) 962-7231. 
  • More information here.

City will not be preforming any inspections. This will continue until the Stay Home Stay Healthy mandate is lifted.

  • Residents and businesses needing to make emergency repairs should complete those repairs and email the City Building Official for after the fact permits.
  • Repairs that require inspection prior to operation should request an inspection by emailing or calling the Building Official.
  • Issuance or submittal of building permits are on hold.
  • Building Official E-mail: codeadmin@cityofleavenworth.com
  • Building Official Cell Phone: 509-881-9755
  • Development Services Manager E-mail: dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com
  • City Planner: planner1@cityofleavenworth.com

All city offices closed

  • City staff will still be accepting and processing right-of-way applications, fire hydrant valve applications, building and land use permits.  Applications can be submitted to the City in a variety of ways, including:
  • You can pay for your approved permit through the following methods:
      • By phone by calling: (509) 888-3244
      • By mail:  1350 McKittrick St. Wenatchee, WA 98801
      • Secure drop-box:  Located at the main door of the Public Services Building at 1350 McKittrick St
  • Paid permits will be issued electronically and emailed to you.
  • City staff will continue to perform building inspections under the following precautions:
      • Please do not request inspections where work is in an occupied home or building where there are occupants present who are displaying any symptoms of illness, are currently sick, or have been sick in the last 14 days.
      • If the inspection involves work in an occupied home or work area and the inspection is not time sensitive, please consider postponing your request for a later date.
      • Inspections may be cancelled or postponed at the inspector’s discretion if there are any health concerns regarding exposure to sick or symptomatic individuals.

Offices closed to the public

  • Staff available to answer calls and emails with questions
  • Accepting applications by email and US Mail

County Permitting

Building inspections will be strictly limited to those activities necessary for the continuation of “essential public services” and for emergency home repairs related to life and safety issues.

  • Office is officially closed to the public.
  • Electronic or mail-in permit submissions, if they are complete.
  • When building permits are ready for pick up, the applicant/owner will be notified. If the applicant/owner wants it issued, permit payment will be arranged, the packet will be mailed and the time clock for construction will start, regardless of the current crisis, noting that no inspections will be scheduled until further notice.
  • Owners/applicants may choose to wait for permit issuance until the lifting of the Governor’s Order.
  • Land use permits continue to be reviewed and processed, at a much slower pace.
  •  CD.director@co.chelan.wa.us, or call us at 509-667-6225 for both building and planning related needs. 

No Notice of Changes

County buildings are closed to the public, permits and planning are continuing as scheduled

  • Building permit applications requiring full-size plans may be mailed to 411 N. Ruby Street, Suite 2, Ellensburg, Washington 98926. Applications must include a check for the required fees made out to Kittitas County CDS.
    • If you would like to pay fees by credit card, please indicate that in your application and we will contact you by phone for credit card information. (3% service fee is required if paying by credit card).
  • All other applications may be submitted to cds@co.kittitas.wa.us or may be submitted by mail to 411 N. Ruby Street, Suite 2, Ellensburg, Washington 98926. Applications must include a check for the required fees made out to Kittitas County CDS or pay by credit card with 3% fee.
  • Once CDS staff has collected and reviewed your submittal, we will contact you to verify receipt of your application and to let you know if additional information or submittal items are required.
  • We will continue to conduct inspections at this time, implementing procedure changes to reduce in-person contact. Please respect our inspectors and give them space while they are conducting inspections.
  • Pre-application conferences have been temporarily waived for all applications

No Notice of Changes – Social distancing and rescheduling if there has been exposure

Closed to the public for foot traffic but open for business.

  • The Planning office is staffed for call in and email assistance.
  • Applications are being accepted by mail or email only. Please mail checks and or applications to:
    • Okanogan County Planning Department 123 5th Ave. N. Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840.
    • Front Desk (509) 422-7160 planning@co.okanogan.wa.us  

Offices closed to the public

  • To submit a new application: Go online for our applications and instructions https://www.yakimacounty.us/1406/Forms-and-Information.
  • Drop off applications and plans at our secure drop box immediately inside the Yakima County Courthouse front entrance, 128 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901, or mail them to attn: Yakima County Public Services to that address.

Resources for Those Affected

For Employers

IRS Extends 2020 Tax Payment Date: The Treasury Department will allow individuals and businesses to defer their tax payments beyond the April 15 filing deadline. The IRS would also waive interest payments or other penalties for missing the deadline. Learn more >>

Excise Tax Filing Assistance: The Washington State Department of Revenue will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their excise taxes on time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Affected businesses may qualify for filing extensions or penalty waivers. Learn more >>

Small Business Administration (SBA): SBA will be providing up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19. Learn more >>  The U.S. SBA is holding information calls twice a day until April 3 to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 navigate the disaster loan funds available.

  • When: Every workday through 4/3/2020 at 9am and 2pm EST
  • Join by phone +1 (202) 765-1264
  • Conference ID: 522409519
B&O Tax: The Washington State Department of Revenue is allowing businesses to request a one-time, 24-month penalty waiver if you have not owed a late penalty in the last 24 months. Also, businesses can request a 30-day extension of B&O taxes without payment or 30+ days with deposit. For more information, call (360) 705-6705.
 

The US Department of Labor (DOL): More information will be coming out with further guidance for granting small business exemptions from the Response Act that require employer-paid sick and medical leave. NAHB will be voicing our ideas for this guidance with the agency and will keep you in the loop as DOL develops and publicizes its criteria. Learn more »

IRS Payroll Tax Credits Available to Small & Midsized Employers: Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. Read More >>

Remote Notarization: The Washington State Legislature passed SB 5641, which allows for electronic notarization of documents. Read More >>

 

For Employees

Washington State Unemployment: IEmployment Security has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. Learn more >>

Paid Family and Medical Leave: If you are sick with COVID-19, a healthcare provider must certify that you are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program.

SharedWork Program: SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. Learn more >>

Department of Financial Resources Institutions: Here is a list of financial resources for Washington Residents impacted by COVID-19. Learn more >>

Recent Updates from Us

Working Remotely?

Online Tools

In these days of video conferencing, texting, and file sharing, it is thankfully possible for many people to move their workdays to home. Here is a list of work-from-home tools we thought you might find useful.

Advice From Experts

  • Tips for Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Crisis Read More >>
  • COVID-19 Has My Teams Working Remotely: A Guide for Leaders Read More >>

Online Courses to Consider

Social Media Marketing, US Small Business Administration
How to utilize social media marketing to grow your business. Take the Course >>
 
Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers, US Small Business Administration
30-minute course provides a basic overview of marketing for small business owners looking to reach a broader customer base and expand their markets.   Take the Course >>
 
Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health, Harvard University
Learn how a Culture of Health can transform your business to improve the well-being of your employees and company, while increasing revenue. Sign up here >>
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