BUILDING INSPECTIONS/PERMITTING PROTOCOL

Updated as of 8:05 a.m. April 6, 2020

HBA of F-M is monitoring and communicating with local jurisdictions on issues that impact homebuilding and construction, including building inspection disruptions. We will send email communications as the situation warrants. You can also check this page on our website for the local updates.

Here's the latest:

MINNESOTA

  • Audubon, Barnesville, Dilworth, Glyndon, Sabin - Inspections happening as usual. 

  • Moorhead - The city's inspections team is working to continue support of the Moorhead building community while taking precautions relating to the threat of COVID-19. Click here for details on their protocol and contact information. The city encourages photographic and video submissions for inspections.

NORTH DAKOTA

  • Casselton, Kindred, Mapleton, Oxbow - A protocol is in place for asking questions in regard to conducting inspections.

  • Frontier and Reile's Acres - Inspections happening as usual.

  • Fargo - City offices are closed to the public. Inspectors have been given a protocol for asking questions in regard to conducting inspections and more detail will be communicated. Contact the inspections office.

  • Horace - Effective April 8, the city of Horace will implement these requirements into conducting building inspections:

    • A minimum 48-hours notice. All inspection requests must be emailed to to kasheim@cityofhorace.com and wkopkie@cityofhorace.com.
    • Each request must list:
      • the job site address,
      • date of when the inspection is to be completed by,
      • type of inspection and
      • any special conditions that may be present or need special attention.
    • The certificate of occupancy will not be given the same day a final inspection is completed.
    • All work sites must be vacated by all persons on-site a minimum of one hour before the inspection is scheduled to occur. 
    • Someone from the inspections department will call the identified contact for the inspection before the inspection is completed. If the city determines that the answers were not sufficiently answered, there are workers on-site and/or if the inspector deems the site unsafe, the inspection will not be completed.
  • West Fargo - Administrators have reviewed the city's response to the COVID-19 crisis as it pertains to building inspection procedures and decided to conduct on-site framing and final inspections consistent with the procedure set forth March 24. On March 30, the city announced that it is developing a process to take in new permit applications and further updated its inspections protocol.


JOB SITE GUIDELINES

Adjust work practices to ensure the safety of your employees, trade partners and customers. 

  • Screen residents of homes (or workers of businesses) for potential infection with the coronavirus.
  • Put protocols in place for your employees and trade partners who work on job sites if they have been exposed or are feeling sick.
  • Follow city inspections departments' procedures and keep communication channels open.


National Association of Home Builders has a page dedicated to assessing potential hazards specific to our industry.

CLICK HERE 

Here are sample questions to ask:

  1. Have you been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
  2. Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced, any acute respiratory illness symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  3. Have you been in close contact with anyone who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19? 
  4. Have you been in close contact with anyone who has traveled and is also exhibiting acute respiratory illness symptoms?
  5. While construction is viewed as an essential service, you must take steps to ensure workers stay healthy.