Guidelines For Austin’s Residential & Commercial Construction During COVID-19

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On March 25th Mayor Adler announced the extended Shelter in Place order for the City of Austin. Which left a lot of questions for both residential and commercial construction projects currently in progress. When a matter of days can equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars on a construction site, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations around construction amidst COVID-19.

As of April 2nd, 2020 the previous construction bans on both residential and commercial projects are officially lifted. If you are a developer, project or site manager, you may want to take a few minutes to read the order below and ensure your job site is in accordance to the current health & safety guidelines:

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For context: on March 31, 2020, Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order implementing statewide protocols for essential services and activities. The order, which took effect Thursday, April 2, designates essential services recent guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the Department of Homeland Security.

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This is big, exciting news for all projects currently underway in and around Austin, Texas. “Consistent with the governor’s orders, all construction is considered essential,” Denise Lucas wrote in an announcement after the executive action took place.

…The city’s worker protection requirements remain in place and that Austin Code inspectors will continue to monitor construction sites to “ensure that social distancing and recommended hygiene practices are being observed.”

 Denise Lucas, Development Services Department Director – City of Austin

We encourage any developers or those working in the Austin construction industry to keep a close eye on the RECA COVID-19 Updates and AustinTexas.Gov for the latest around orders and required health and safety guidelines. Our team will update this post whenever new information becomes available.

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