April 30, 2020

Washington – Building Industry COVID-19 Guidance and Updates


UPDATE – April 29, 2020: Implementation of Phase 1 Construction Restart – Proclamation 20-25

UPDATE – April 28, 2020: Governor Insee issues addendum to initial Proclamation 20-25

UPDATE – April 24, 2020: Phase 1 Plan Allows Existing Construction Projects to Restart

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Order specifying which industries are essential and which ones are not and declaring private residential construction non-essential.  On March 26, 2020, Governor Inslee issued additional guidance specifically enumerating limited exceptions for certain kinds of construction.  Shortly after, Jordan Ramis PC produced a memorandum that has now been widely circulated in the State of Washington detailing one of the enumerated special exceptions (c) which allows construction to continue to “prevent spoliation and avoid damage” or to protect against “unsafe conditions.”  Allowing continued residential construction is the main focus on this specific exception, but now questions still remain as to pre-sold houses and houses related to essential workers. 

Jurisdictions throughout the state have been left with trying to understand the scope of the original order and, to that end, we are gathering them here as we get them in to educate the development community what the rules are. However, you should contact your attorney directly to discuss your particular situation and what documentation may be necessary to produce to satisfy the particulars of a jurisdiction.  



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