RESUMPTION OF CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN PHILADELPHIA


On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley signed the latest COVID-19 Order authorizing construction to resume in Philadelphia on Friday, May 1, 2020 . The following restrictions apply to the new Order (and exclude emergency situations):

  • A building or demolition permit for the construction must have been obtained on or before Friday, March 20, 2020.

  • Construction may be performed on the interior of residential structures only if such structures are unoccupied.

  • Construction may not be performed in the common areas of multi-family buildings (to include apartment buildings and condominium units).

  • Separate written authorization from the Commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections is required for underpinning or foundation strengthening, the demolition of a connected building or work necessitating the reinforcement of an existing party wall.  

  • Construction may only be performed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

  • Masks must be furnished to and worn by employees at all times while on the construction site.

  • Employees must be able to work and at all times remain at least 6 feet apart.

  • Appropriate hand washing measures must be accessible to all employees.

  • Work areas must be cleaned/sanitized regularly.


  • The protocols of Governor Wolf’s April 23, 2020 Guidance Memorandum must also be followed. They include, but are not limited to:

  • For residential construction, no more than 4 persons may work at a unit.

  • For commercial construction, if the site is enclosed and less than 2,000 square feet, there shall be no more than 4 workers. One additional worker for each additional 500 square feet shall be permitted in such enclosed area.

  • Tool sharing shall be limited and sanitized if shared.
This alert is intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own attorney concerning your situation and specific legal questions you have. We are fully operational during this pandemic and stand ready to assist as you navigate this ongoing and developing COVID-19 situation. 
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