MARCH 30 UPDATE on CONSTRUCTION IN AUSTIN

Both City and County Release Additional Guidance for Construction

Today the City of Austin Development Services Department (DSD) issued Supplemental Guidance for the Construction Industry.  This document comes almost a week after the City's initial  Stay Home - Work Safe Order and subsequent Guidance for the Construction Industry were released on March 24.


Key points from today's City of Austin Supplemental Guidance document you need to know: 
Again, this DSD Guidance issued today can be found here and there is much more information in it that may be applicable to your work.

Meanwhile, Travis County issued their own Guidance for the Construction Industry document that seeks to curtail construction even further than the City.  This guidance comes as a follow-up to the County Stay Home Order released March 24.  Specifically, the County states: 

"For purposes of clarification, 'construction in support' refers to necessary repairs and maintenance for the essential business to safely remain open and operational."

That County language limits construction for essential projects to only repair/maintenance work, whereas the City language allows new construction for essential projects as well. The County document includes a chart to list what construction is allowable under their Order and what is not.

At this time, the Austin AGC working with legal experts along with City and County officials to help clarify this situation and determine if the County language only applies to work outside the Austin city limits or if it applies to all construction within the County.  Stay tuned. 

Meanwhile, commercial construction continues this week in every other major Texas city, namely Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

LEGAL GUIDANCE

As always, we are fortunate that our industry partners in the legal world are regularly writing and sharing expert guidance for contractors during this challenging time.  We strongly encourage you to check the websites of the construction law firms below for the latest information they provide.



Sincerely,


Phil Thoden
President and CEO
Austin Chapter AGC
512.442.7887