We wanted to share some updates to questions posed to the PA Department of Labor and Industry.
Must construction on health care related facilities and required inspections stop?
Construction on health care facilities has been determined to be life sustaining business; therefore, code inspections services required for these activities should be considered life sustaining activities as well.
Must installation of emergency tents on hospital grounds for coronavirus screening and required inspections stop?
Inspection on emergency tents is also considered life sustaining business and may continue.
Municipal employees doing plan reviews and inspections may continue, but must third parties must down?
Third party agencies are permitted to continue to provide inspections for limited circumstances that include health care facilities, emergency repairs and work that is being conducted in connection with a DCED waiver found at the following link: online waiver application
Municipalities are informing third parties that they expect them to continue performing their contracted duties. How should third parties respond to this?
Third party agencies should indicate that they are permitted to continue to provide inspections for limited circumstances that include health care facilities, emergency repairs and work that is being conducted in connection with a DCED waiver in an effort to continue those services requested by the municipality.
Inspections were already scheduled when the order to shut down was issued. Can these still be performed?
Continued inspections would be dependent on the structures and use, and whether it is classified as an emergency repair. Currently the main exception is for health care facilities and emergency repairs to commercial and residential structures. If a construction project has received a waiver through DCED to continue work on the project, then inspections may continue.
What should contractors who have ignored the order be told when they are requesting inspections?
Contractors who ignore the order and request an inspection should be denied that request, and the requestor should be reminded of the governor’s orders that have suspended construction activities throughout the Commonwealth with the exception of healthcare facilities and emergency repairs to commercial and residential structures. The contractor should be advised to seek a waiver from DCED for the project/work.
What should be the response to homeowners (doing their own work not covered by the order) when they call for an inspection?
Repair and/or maintenance for customers in their homes is allowable under the Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance section of the Governor’s order. Any inspection request that does not fall under this category should be denied unless the homeowner has secured a waiver from DCED.