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City releases updated construction guidelines – provides for some private development activities

FERNDALE, Wash. — The City of Ferndale released what is being referred to as “updated residential and commercial construction guidelines to help applicants complete projects already in process.”

The city notified construction permit holders in late March that construction activities on most projects was required to stop in order to be in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide stay-at-home order as it applied to construction projects. Information from the governor’s office held that nearly all construction was deemed non-essential and were to stop.

The exceptions to the governor’s order allowed for construction on the following:

  • Construction related to essential activities as described in the order
  • To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing or
  • To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures

Today’s announcement from the city said the city will not define any project as essential or non-essential.

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They city will permit contractors with permits to perform work to prevent spoilage and spoliation. Projects with partial framing will be allowed to complete framing, install roof and exterior materials including windows and doors. Only 1 contractor will be allowed in the building at any time.

Some foundation work will be allowed after permission has been granted.

New single-family residence construction that is awaiting final inspection can complete the work needed to pass the inspection. Only 1 contractor will be allowed in the building at any time.

The new guidelines also said where the city’s allowances are found to be in conflict with the governor’s orders, the governor’s orders will be applied.

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