Projects authorized to resume
Under a series of Executive Orders signed between April 29th and May 26th, most construction projects in Philadelphia are now allowed to proceed.
All active job sites must comply with masking, social distancing, and other safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The following work is still prohibited:
- Underpinning and projects that require underpinning
- Demolition of an attached structure
- Projects that require the support of an existing party wall
- Non-emergency work in occupied or partially occupied one- and two-family residential buildings
- Non-emergency work in dwelling units and shared common areas of multi-family residential buildings
Preparing for construction activity
Pandemic Safety Officers
You must appoint a Pandemic Safety Officer for each active jobsite.
- The Officer must be on site at any time that work is ongoing.
- The Officer must have obtained a COVID-19 workplace training certificate by completing one of the following courses. The training certificate must be posted at the jobsite with your permits.
- Your Site Safety Manager can also serve as Pandemic Safety Officer.
COVID-19 safety plans
You must have a written COVID-19 safety plan for each of your active jobsites.
- The plan must include procedures to follow in the event that your worksite is exposed to somebody who is a possible case of COVID-19, including the identification and isolation of any exposed workers.
- The plan must cover how the worksite will comply with all applicable City and State orders and guidance, including but not limited to the requirements set forth in this post.
- A copy of the plan must be kept at the worksite and shown to inspectors upon request.
- If feasible, you must ensure that your workers travel to the job site separately.
- You can apply online for permits and licenses using eCLIPSE. Learn more about using eCLIPSE through L&I videos and how-to guides.
- If you submitted your permit application on paper on or before March 18, 2020, you must request an invoice and pay for your permit so that the permit can be issued.
- The Philadelphia Code requires that you pick up the approved paper plans and keep them at the jobsite before you start construction or demolition.
- You can pick up your plans at that Municipal Services Building by appointment only.
- If there is an emergency that must be addressed urgently, the contractor must file online for a permit within 3 days of performing the work and notify L&I when the work is complete.
- A “make-safe” permit is required for work addressing an imminently dangerous or unsafe conditions violation can be performed with a “make-safe” permit.
- Call the L&I automated (IVR) phone system at (215) 255-4040 to schedule inspections
Number of workers
- If you are working on a one- or two-family dwelling, you may have a total of four workers on site for the entire parcel.
- If you are working on a multi-family building or a commercial site, you may have up to four workers on site if the jobsite is less than 2,000 enclosed square feet. For each additional enclosed 500 square feet over 2,000, you may have one additional worker on site.
Work on one-family and two-family residences limited to weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Construction work on one- or two-family dwellings on individual parcels can be performed only on Monday through Friday and only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- No construction work on these one- or two-family residences is allowed on Saturday or Sunday, or before 7 a.m., or after 5 p.m., except in an emergency.
You must follow the City’s safety checklist for safer worksites at all times, including but not limited to:
- Requiring that workers wear masks at all times while on site.
- Requiring social distancing of 6 feet or more between workers while they are working and while they are taking breaks.
- Providing every worker with regular access to handwashing stations or hand sanitizer and handwashing breaks.
- Minimizing sharing of tools between workers.
- Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas and tools between users and at least every 4 hours.
- Asking employees to screen themselves for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell) before starting work.
- Educating your employees about required precautions.
COVID-19 is a deadly and highly contagious disease, and it is imperative that all applicable restrictions be closely followed to curb its spread. Mayor Kenney has expressed his confidence that everyone involved will be vigilant about adhering to safety procedures and protocols as construction work resumes.
If members of the public do witness non-compliant conditions, they should report them as follows:
- Work being conducted on the weekends should be reported to L&I via email to weekendworkLI@phila.gov.
- As always, call 911 in an emergency.
- All other complaints should be directed to 311.