Project Related Resources during Covid-19
Seattle COVID-19 Resources
SDCI Delays 2018 Construction Code Implementation to November
On March 19, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) issued the following announcement related to the 2018 code update scheduled to go into event July 1, 2020:
SDCI is in the process of updating Seattle’s construction codes to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas, and plumbing codes. We have been aiming for an effective date of July 1, 2020, to align with the effective date of the Washington State building codes. However, due to many factors, including the impacts of the COVID-19, the effective date of Seattle’s codes will be delayed until November 1, 2020. If the 2018 Washington State construction codes effective date is delayed past November 1, we will align the effective date of our codes with the State.
Please visit the code update website for continued information and to review proposed code change documents. If you have questions, please contact Micah Chappell, Technical Code Development Manager, at [email protected].
SDCI Closes Public-Facing Resources
SDCI has closed its Applicant Services Center, Public Resource Center, and the 19th floor reception area. Alternative methods of reaching SDCI are available online. Click here for more info.
All Design Review Boards are currently not meeting. Things we are thinking about:
- Possibility of future meetings by Zoom
- Possibility of everything moving to Administrative Design Review.
- Addressing how we might do community outreach virtually (now and in the future).
Active Construction Projects
To date we do not have information about whether the state, city, or county will issue a “shelter in place” requirement and how that might impact active construction projects. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information.
State COVID-19 Resources
To date we know the state has discussed delaying the 2018 code implementation beyond the current July 2020 effective date, but no decisions have been made. The State Building Code Council has indicated that it will discuss a potential delay of the 2018 state codes its April 10 meeting. We will let you know as soon as we hear more.
To date, Gov. Inslee has not issued a “shelter in place” order for Washington, although that may be coming. California and New York have made “shelter in place” declarations. It is not known how this will impact currently active construction projects. We will let you know as soon as we have more info to share.
What do you need to know?
What other information do you need to do your work as we all try to find our way through this unprecedented crisis? Let us know and we’ll do our best to help.
Businesses & Worker Support
Washington State COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers.
The state has waived the one week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance, retroactive for claims filed up to March 8. For individuals out of work due to COVID-19, click here for more information.
- Small Business Support
Up to $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Funds will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process.
The governor previously announced the federal Small Business Administration has approved his request for a disaster declaration, and it is anticipated that all counties in the state will be eligible. This approval unlocks low-interest loans that will help small businesses meet their financial obligations and cover operating expenses. Congress recently approved up to $7 billion in SBA disaster loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses can learn more here.
- Tax Collections
The Washington Department of Revenue has been given the authority to waive or suspend penalties and interest on certain late tax payments. The state will create payment plans on the core amount businesses owe without filing tax liens in federal courts. This also means the suspension of enforcement actions such as forced collections by seizing bank accounts. These measures will be in force for at least 30 days.
These measures waive late filing fees for property tax exemption renewals; business license renewal late fees; and excise tax interest on B&O, real estate sales, and other taxes administer by the Department of Revenue. All of these tax-related measures are retroactive to Feb. 29.
Other Help for Individuals & Families
- COVID-19 Testing
Washington State Department of Health information on getting tested for COVID-19.
- Health Insurance
For Washingtonians without health insurance: the Washington Health Benefits Exchange opened a limited-time special enrollment period through April 8, 2020.
- Mental health support
If you or a family member needs emotional or mental health support, or treatment resources for substance use, please consider calling the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1–866–789–1511.
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