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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 are 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.

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Construction Guidelines During WA Stay-at-Home Order Updated 5/19/20

  • May 15, 2020: Inslee issues additional guidance for construction, golf, and photography in Phase 2 (not implemented yet)
  • May 4, 2020: Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.3 and outlined the “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-open Washington’s economy. 
  • April 29, 2020: Inslee issues additional guidance on construction activities
  • April 24, 2020: Gov. Inslee issued an addendum to serve as the criteria for a limited Phase 1 Construction Restart.
  • April 3, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his  “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”  emergency order, which bans all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.
  • 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. 
  • March 23, 2020: Gov. Inslee issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Washington. 
Find the most up-to-date announcements from Governor Inslee here

Is Residential Construction Allowed?  

After working with representatives from the Construction Roundtable, we have developed the comprehensive Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements. 

In limited circumstances where six foot distancing requirements cannot be maintained on construction projects previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25, a hazard assessment and control plan must be implemented identifying appropriate PPE use in accordance with Department of Labor & Industries requirements. No newly authorized projects are permitted to break social distancing standards during phase 1.

No jobsite may operate until the contractor can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply. Currently operating projects must be in compliance by no later than Friday, May 1.

  • All items minus numbers 28 and 30 are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). 
  • General questions about how to comply with construction safety practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center
The requirements recommended by the construction working group are not optional. The guidance below, including sample documents, is provided here to help you comply with the Phase 1 safety requirements and return to work as quickly as possible.
 

Phase 1 construction only authorizes activities on existing construction projects that can be performed while maintaining the six-foot social distancing requirements and comply with the other Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements. Activities that require work performed less than six-feet apart is not allowed under Phase 1, but will be authorized later under additional Phase 2 jobsite safety requirements.

Phase 1 Frequent Questions

Phase 1 FAQ's

BIAW compiled a document that answers the most frequently asked questions.
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Phase 2 Frequent Questions

Phase 2 FAQ's

BIAW compiled a document that answers the most frequently asked questions.
View Document

Other Business
Resources

Phase 1 Construction Safety Planning

Keep Your
Jobsite Safe

Failure to comply with the Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements could result in a jobsite being shut down, potential legal liability, safety fines, or loss of license.

Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Plan

The first requirement is the Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Plan, signed by the contractor, must be developed for every job site. This plan must also be produced at the request of any employee or regulator. The following is a complete Jobsite Safety Plan template for you to customize for each of your jobsites:

Required Jobsite Postings

Under the Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements, you are required to post on each jobsite, publicly viewable at all times, the following documents. Each Word doc below provides a template that should be customized to your specific jobsite.

Jobsite Visitor Log

Under the Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements, you are required to maintain a log of all employees and visitors on each jobsite. Visitor Logs must be retained for a minimum of four weeks. Below is a sample Visitor Log to fulfill this requirement.

Jobsite Training

Every employee must receive an initial COVID 19-specific Training Session. In addition, weekly COVID-19 safety talks are required under Phase 1. Below is a sample for the initial training session and log-in sheet to kick off your return to work:

Phase 2 Construction Safety Planning

Keep Your
Jobsite Safe

Construction Restart Safety Requirements

This guidance, including sample documents, are provided here to help you comply with the Phase 1 & 2 safety requirements and return to work as quickly as possible.

Phase 1 construction only authorizes activities on existing construction projects that can be performed while maintaining the six-foot social distancing requirements and comply with the other Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements. Activities that require work performed less than six-feet apart is not allowed under Phase 1, but will be authorized later under additional Phase 2 jobsite safety requirements.

Failure to comply with the Phase 1 & 2 Jobsite Safety Requirements could result in a jobsite being shut down, potential legal liability, safety fines, or loss of license.
 

All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume. Phase 2 for construction has not been implemented statewide. However, these counties have been approved to implement Phase 2 immediately:

    • Adams
    • Asotin
    • Columbia
    • Cowlitz
    • Ferry
    • Garfield
    • Grant
    • Grays Harbor
    • Island
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Lincoln
    • Mason
    • Pacific
    • Pend Oreille
    • San Juan
    • Skamania
    • Spokane
    • Stevens
    • Wahkiakum
    • Whitman

Phase 2 Jobsite Safety Plan

The first requirement is the Phase 2 Jobsite Safety Plan, signed by the contractor, must be developed for every jobsite. This plan must also be produced at the request of any employee or regulator. The following is a complete Jobsite Safety Plan template for you to customize for each of your jobsites:

Required Jobsite Postings

Under the Phase 2 Jobsite Safety Requirements, you are required to post on each jobsite, publicly viewable at all times, the following documents.

Jobsite Training

Every employee must receive an initial COVID 19-specific Training Session. In addition, weekly COVID-19 safety talks are required under Phase 2. Below is a sample for the initial training session and log-in sheet to kick off your return to work:

Additional Phase 2 Resources

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.
  • Permits may be submitted for processing by mail or email (codeadmin@cityofleavenworth.com), most permit issuance is 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
  • Parking Annoucnement – Beginning May 15

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.

Due to a lack of clarity from the governor’s office regarding the state of residential construction, local governments are enforcing and interpreting exemptions differently. Chelan and Douglas Counties along with the City of Wenatchee have all passed their own interpretation and we’re aware that the governor’s office has expressed concerns about some of these interpretations.

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. 
Due to a lack of clarity from the governor’s office regarding the state of residential construction, local governments are enforcing and interpreting exemptions differently. Chelan and Douglas Counties along with the City of Wenatchee have all passed their own interpretation and we’re aware that the governor’s office has expressed concerns about some of these interpretations.

Current, pre-existing home sales may proceed to build completion. (Proclamation signed 4/7/20)

  • An existing Purchase and Sale agreement must be provided to the Douglas County Planning Department.
  • Property viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walk-throughs shall be arranged by appointment only, and be limited to two people at each occurrence.
  • All persons on site must observe social distancing guidelines and applicable health and worker protection measures.

Due to a lack of clarity from the governor’s office regarding the state of residential construction, local governments are enforcing and interpreting exemptions differently. Chelan and Douglas Counties along with the City of Wenatchee have all passed their own interpretation and we’re aware that the governor’s office has expressed concerns about some of these interpretations.

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

Finance Options

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program »

Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA has created robust programs that include bridge loans, debt relief, Paycheck Protection and economic injury disaster loans. Find out more » The CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses, is accessible now for small businesses.

  • Paycheck Protection Program: The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities and is available until June 20, 2020.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan: This loan advance, which does not have to be repaid, will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. UPDATE 4/8/2020: SBA has decided to implement a $1,000 cap per employee on the advance, up to a maximum of $10,000. So, a business with 3 employees, would be eligible to receive only $3,000 up front, as opposed to the originally stated $10,000. Learn more »

If you have any questions about SBA, check out FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program or email your questions here »

 

Tax Credit Programs

Tax Credits: COVID-19 IRS Payroll Tax Credits Available to Small & Midsized Employers »

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. Find out more »

IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The tax-filing deadline will remain July 15, but the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. 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 »

The Washington State Department of Revenue: A helpful guide that outlines frequently asked questions about how to file and pay online, audits, and more. Learn more »

Labors Relations

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 »

SharedWork Program: SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. This is a little known but powerful program to help workers stay employed while drawing needed benefits. Learn more »

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

COVID-19 Local Permitting Action Plan »

COVID-19 Legal Resources >>

For Employees

Washington State Unemployment: If you or an employee is affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. The agency has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. Learn more »

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 >>

State – Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML): If an employee is sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that they 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. Learn more »

Federal – Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Learn more »

Health Insurance: Apply for or renewing a health insurance plan through Washington Health Plan Finder (through April 8) »

Crisis Connection: Connects people with crisis services like applying for food, child care, cash, long-term care and health care. Get help »

Recent Updates from Us

Additional Resources

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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