The Fredericksburg Area Builders Association is in regular communication with each of the local governments in the Fredericksburg area regarding changes, closures and updates on inspection and building permit offices that may impact day-to-day residential construction operations. Each locality in our service area is listed below alphabetically.
This list will be updated as soon as we have the information from primary points of contact. If you have additional questions for FABA or for the counties regarding COVID-19 closures or disruptions, please call or email Maria Moore at email@example.com or call 540-898-2730.
Virginia Department of Health guidelines for Open Houses & Model Homes – CLICK HERE
The CDC provides recommended strategies to protect workers and limit the spread of the coronavirus. Also, in accordance with the Executive Order 53 directive, real estate professionals who conduct open houses, including builders who provide access to spec or model houses, are advised to follow best management practices, limit interior access to no more than 10 persons and adapt social distancing protocols to open houses:
- Have all individuals who enter immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer
- Have lots of extra pens and allow each person who signs in to use one pen that they then keep or you sanitize before another person uses
- Ask people for their names and contact information that you write down or record on your electronic device
- Open all doors and turn on lights prior to the start of the open house so that people can walk around the house without touching door knobs and light switches
- Have paper towels near sinks in the event someone wants to turn a sink on/off
- Have individuals wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon leaving
STATE WIDE EXECUTIVE ORDER #53 on 3.23.20:
TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON RESTAURANTS, RECREATIONAL, ENTERTAINMENT, GATHERINGS, NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL BUSINESSES, AND CLOSURE OF K-12 SCHOOLS DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Essential retail businesses may remain open during their normal business hours. Such businesses include Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers.
All businesses (including construction work) shall, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities while in operation.
Although business operations offering professional rather than retail services may remain open, they should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such business must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and apply the relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.
NOTE: This does not affect the construction industry, and construction products at retail stores will be considered essential.
3.20.20: Caroline County Announces the Closure of All County Buildings to the Pubic beginning 5:00 PM Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. The closures apply only to areas accessed by the public. Staff will continue working regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 PM to meet needs of the community and county government.
3.18.20: County Building offices open to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued/applications drop box avail, conducting inspections, special accommodation for COVID-19: office put up barrier at counter for customer comfort
GENERAL CAROLINE COUNTY INFO & LINKS County Gov: Board of Supervisors Declares Local Emergency & Adopts Measures to Protect Against Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Parks & Rec Programs & Activities Postponed, Library Branches & Visitor Center Closed, DMV & Passport Services Suspended Until March 30. Gatherings of Over 250 People Strongly Discouraged. https://co.caroline.va.us/DocumentCenter/View/4047/BOS-Declares-Local-Emergency-Due-to-Coronavirus-?bidId=
CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG
3.24.20: City Government buildings are now closed to public access. City departments are still available for your needs; and phone and emails are being answered. Conduct all City Business Online.
Work on permits and new construction will continue as able.
- Permits can be picked-up in the Council Chambers lobby area accessed off of Hanover Street.
- The City is still performing inspections. Schedule inspections by calling 540-372-1080.
- Please mail in payments to P.O. Box 7447 Fredericksburg, VA 22404.
Planning and Zoning Services:
- You can still submit applications via email by submitting to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please submit payments by mail to P.O. Box 7447 Fredericksburg, VA 22404.
- Environmental inspections are currently being limited.
- For information on how to submit for plan reviews, zoning requests and historic information please call 540-371-1179.
The following meetings have been postponed:
- Review Board meeting has been cancelled for April and will be rescheduled at a date and time to be determined.
- Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting has been cancelled for April and will be rescheduled at a date and time to be determined
- Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled for April and will be rescheduled at a date and time to be determined.
- Technical Review Committee meeting has been cancelled for April and will be rescheduled at a date and time to be determined.
- Treasurer’s Office: JUDICIAL AND NON-JUDICIAL DELINQUENT TAX SALES POSTPONED The upcoming auction for the City of Fredericksburg scheduled to occur on March 18, 2020 at the City of Fredericksburg City Hall Council Chambers will be POSTPONED. A future sale date and time has not yet been determined, however, a new publication notice will be placed in the newspaper and emailed via the Special Commissioner’s email distribution list. To join the distribution listing, please visit http://bidder.taxva.com to signup to receive the most up to date information related to our upcoming auctions.
3.20.20: Work on permits and new construction will continue as able. Any and all questions will be handled via phone (540-372-1004). Building Services: Permits can be picked-up in the Council Chambers lobby area accessed off of Hanover Street.The City is still performing inspections. Schedule inspections by calling 540-372-1080.Please mail in payments to P.O. Box 7447 Fredericksburg, VA 22404.Planning and Zoning Services:You can still submit applications via email by submitting to email@example.com.Please submit payments by mail to P.O. Box 7447 Fredericksburg, VA 22404.Environmental inspections are currently being limited. For information on how to submit for plan reviews, zoning requests and historic information please call 540-371-1179. Planning Commission’s March 25, 2020 Regular Meeting has been cancelled. It is rescheduled for the April 29, 2020 meeting date. Planning Commission’s April 8 meeting is cancelled. Items scheduled for that meeting will be placed on the May 13 meeting date. 3.18.20: City Building offices CLOSED to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued, conducting inspections.
GENERAL CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG INFO & LINKS
3.20.20: ***SPECIAL SESSION*** March 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. This Meeting is being held in place of the March 24, 2020 Meeting. The City Council Meeting will be a virtual meeting and the public is encourage to access the meeting though the broadcast on Cox Channel 84 and Verizon Channel 42. The meetings can also be viewed on our www.regionalwebtv.com/fredcc or Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/FXBGgov. The Fredericksburg Visitor Center located at 706 Caroline Street is closed until April 1st. The Chief Justice entered an order declaring a judicial emergency for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth to protect the health and safety of court employees, litigants, judges, and the general public. This Order shall be in effect from March 16 to April 6, 2020, and it is hereby ORDERED that NON-ESSENTIAL, NON-EMERGENCY court proceedings in all circuit and district courts be and hereby are SUSPENDED and all deadlines are hereby tolled and extended, for a period of 21 days. View the Court Order. Call your specific court for further instructions. 3.18.20: City Government buildings are now closed to public access. Departments have posted schedule changes, updates and online business services https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1622/COVID-19-Coronavirus
3.21.20: County of Culpeper Announces Closure of County Buildings to the Public beginning at 8:00 a.m., Monday March 23, 2020.Staff is in the office. If at all possible, please conduct any and all business by phone or email. This includes general inquiries, submission of permits, plans and paperwork.
3.18.20: County Building office
open to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued, conducting inspections, special accommodation for COVID-19: encouraging online; using 6′ distance rule
3.17.20: Building Department: As we strive to provide continuity of services as administered by the Building Department during this time and still comply with Local, State and Federal directives regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, we ask the following of our customers for the foreseeable future:
- If at all possible, please conduct any and all business by phone or email. This includes general inquiries, submission of permits, plans and paperwork. We will accept email submission for permit and application requests. https://web.culpepercounty.gov/Government/DepartmentsA-C/BuildingDepartment/BuildingFormsandDocuments.
- Email submission – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inspection requests – email@example.com
- Requests for face to face meetings should be severely limited in order to help with social distancing guidelines. We are happy to communicate with you by phone, web meetings, or by other electronic means.
- Certain plan submittals and other paperwork that cannot be submitted via electronic means or postal mail can be left on the table in our lobby with contact information and completed applications. We ask that you please respect the social distancing parameters as marked in our lobby when submitting these plans.
- No customer will be turned away, but we all need to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We truly appreciate your patience and help during this time.
Daily Inspection Schedule: https://web.culpepercounty.gov/Government/DepartmentsA-C/BuildingDepartment
GENERAL CULPEPER COUNTY INFO & LINKS
3.25.20: Audio Recording of Special Session of the Culpeper County B.O.S. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
3.20.20: Culpeper County posted the attached update on COVID-19 cases state-wide. CLICK HERE
KING GEORGE COUNTY
3.20.20: The current state of our community’s health and welfare has not changed. However, in an abundance of caution and to comply with the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 community spread prevention guidelines, the following King George County facilities will be closed to general public access:
The King George County Administration (Horace A. Revercomb, Jr.) Building
The King George County Citizens Center
The King George County General Properties Department Office
This directive will remain in effect from March 20, 2020 to April 16, 2020. The primary county departments affected by this directive will be available from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm by phone at:
Community Development: 775-7111
Further guidance and information can be found on the King George County Website at https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/
For additional information regarding social distancing and the prevention of COVID-19 community spread, please visit: https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=711
3.20.20: General Information Links (from King George County government website):
- For Global update
- For National update
- For State & Local update
- For State update
- COVID-19 Virus Myth vs. Fact Document
- COVID-19 Virus Symptoms
- Share Facts About COVID-19 Virus
- Stop the Spread of Germs
3.18.20: County Building Office open to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued, LIMITED inspections, special accommodation for COVID-19: using discretion on inspections
GENERAL KING GEORGE COUNTY INFO & LINKS
3.18.20: Treasurer & Commissioner of the Revenue Office: Starting Thursday – March 19, 2020 through Friday – March 27, 2020. The staff will be present during normal working hours – 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and able to take your calls. Treasurer’s Office payments can still be made by:
- Dropbox outside of the Treasurer’s Office
- US Mail
- Credit card from the County Website (which will have their convenience fees waived)
Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office payments:
- Business license, meals or transient tax – can be put in an envelope and deposited in the Treasurer’s dropbox, outside
- Help with calculation of any of these taxes can be done with a phone call to the COR’s office
- If you need a County sticker, you can call the COR’s office and make arrangements to get it to you
Don’t hesitate to call the COR’s Office at: (540) 775-4664 or contact the Commissioner of the Revenue, Judy Hart at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can rest assured that you will continue to receive the best service from our office.
3.17.20: Board of Supervisors Briefing: https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5232/COVID-19-BOS-Meeting-Briefing-03172020 3.15.20: The Board of Supervisors has temporarily suspended all Public Hearings for any County-sponsored boards until further notice. 3.17.20:King George Continuity of Operations Strategy Update https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5201/King-George-Continuity-of-Operations-Plan-COVID-19—17-Mar-20 Public Statement: https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5195/KGC-Public-Statement-COVID-19
3.20.20: Effective Monday March 23, 2020 all county departments will be operational; however, buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
3.18.20: County Building offices open to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued, conducting inspections.
GENERAL ORANGE COUNTY INFO & LINKS
3.25.20: Hours of Operation for Office of Voter Registration and Elections – Effective immediately, the Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be available to assist citizens by phone or email, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions over the phone by calling (540) 672-5262 or by email at email@example.com.
3.19.20: Press Release: COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE
3.19.20: Board of Supervisors’ Regular Meeting – CANCELLED Tuesday, March 24, 2020
3.19.20: Community Development Update 4:25 pm Community Development’s goal is to keep our employees and the community safe while being responsive to our customers. Effective Friday, March 20th at 8 AM, County offices are closed to the public until further notice. We will be available by phone and email during regular business hours (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM). So that we may continue to serve you, we ask that our customers do the following:
Application Submission, Resubmission: Drop boxes are available for application submission and resubmissions Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 4:30 PM inside the 1st floor front door of our building. Please ensure your documents are securely bundled when you place them in the larger box. There is a secure drop box for payment. Please submit your payment in an envelope that is labeled so it can be linked to your submission. If you are paying by credit card, please submit an Electronic Transaction Authorization Form (click here for form). Receipts will be emailed. We will be collecting documents and payment from the boxes throughout the day.
Permit, Plan, and Plat Distribution: You will receive notice by email to the designated contact on your application form that your permit/plan is ready for pick up. It will include instructions on what documents and fees are necessary for release. Please contact 540-507-7222 to schedule your pick up time. We will coordinate pick up Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 10 AM and 2 PM – 3 PM inside the 1st floor front door of our building. Please ensure that you bring all required documents and any fees by check or Electronic Transaction Authorization Form.
Inspections: Inspections are continuing, but those inside occupied homes will follow the protocol in the notice from the Building Official found by clicking here.
In summary, the notice states: **Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020,** Spotsylvania Building Safety Inspection Department will be contacting all customers who are requesting a construction inspection at any private residence to ask the following questions:
Is anyone in the household sick or has recently been ill with flu-like symptoms.
Has anyone in the household recently traveled outside of the United States?
Is anyone in the household under isolation or quarantine?
Spotsylvania Building Safety Inspection Staff will be contacting customers at all private residences between 8:00 am – 9:00 am the morning of the scheduled inspection. If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes,” Spotsylvania Building Safety Inspection Staff will not be conducting the scheduled inspection, and the scheduled inspection will be administratively canceled. If you have any questions, please contact our Construction Inspection Staff at 540-760-7846.
Recordation of Documents: The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office is closed to the public, but will continue to record deeds, plats, and other legal documents. Please refer to the Clerk’s notices for more details: https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/DocumentCenter/View/11171/COVID19-RELEASE?bidId= https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/DocumentCenter/View/11185/Spotsylvania-Circuit-Court-Updates?bidId=
Disaster Relief Loans: On March 18, 2020, the Governor made a request to the U.S. Small Business Administration to implement a Small Business Administrative declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans in the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning January 31, 2020 and ongoing. This action will help get access to low-interest federal loans. A resource page to assist our existing businesses with key information is being created on the Economic Development Website that will connect to the County’s official website: www.spotsylvania.va.us
- Permit Center, Building, and E&S: 540-507-7222 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Economic Development: 540-507-7210 email@example.com
- Planning & Zoning: 540-507-7434 firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical and Mailing Address: 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553 This is a rapidly evolving situation and this information is subject to change. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times and will provide updates to you as they arise.
3.18.20: County Building office open to the public, staff in the office, permits being issued, conducting inspections, special accommodation for COVID-19: closing every two hours for 15 minutes to disinfect.
3.18.20: Land Records Update:
- Coversheets are still required. Please do NOT drop off a recording in the box without a coversheet. If you do, your recording will not be processed and will be returned to you for the completion of a coversheet.
- Do NOT leave blank checks with your recordings. The check needs to be completed with amounts filled in when left with your recording. If a check is left blank, the recording will not be processed and will be returned to you for completion.
- Do NOT leave recordings without a fee. If a recording is left without the required fee, your recording will not be processed and will be returned to you for the proper fee to be submitted.
- $5.00 fee for paper filing of land records will NOT be imposed during this time, the fee will go into effect on April 6, 2020.
- The deputies sitting at the desk in the entrance of the building (where the drop box is located) can’t answer any questions you may have. If you have questions, please call the Clerk’s Office at 540-507-7612 or 540-507-7615. If possible, please limit phone calls as staff are diligently working to get recordings processed.
- If you have a question about whether or not your recording was put to record on the day of drop off, please check our Secure Remote Access site. If you don’t currently subscribe to SRA, please visit spotsylvaniarecords.org and sign up for access.
3.18.20: Spotsylvania Treasurer’s Office & COR Closures: Spotsylvania County Treasurer’s Office & Commissioner of Revenue’s Office both CLOSED to the public Thursday, March 19 through Friday, March 27, 2020. More info about how to make payments and/or drop off paperwork on our website at www.spotsylvania.va.us
3.17.20: Clerks Office will be CLOSED March 16, 2020 through close of business April 3, 2020. Staff will be available to respond to telephonic inquiries from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm during this time.
3.17.20: Land Records will be accepted through electronic e-filings through Simplifile (800-460-5657) and in paper via a drop box that will be located at the desk manned by a deputy with Spotsyvania County Sheriff’s Office at the front of the Circuit Court building. These drop boxes will be checked several times during the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The Clerk’s office will be recording from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon) and we will handle those documents as if they were brought in at the counter. Please make sure that you put your recording in a folder or envelope or ensure that they are securely clipped together and make sure your name and contact information is available on the document in case the Clerk’s Office needs to reach you.The Clerk’s Office will not be open for business on Saturday, March 21, 2020 or Saturday, April 4, 2020.
GENERAL SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY INFO & LINKS
Spotsylvania Budget Public Hearing: Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, residents are STRONGLY advised to submit written public comments for FY 2021 Public Budget Hearing via email, drop box or mail rather than in person. All comments will be read into the public record during the required 3/31 public hearing. READ Budget Public Hearing FAQ’s & Guidelines here: https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/DocumentCenter/View/11202/Budget-Public-Hearings-Guidelines?bidId
State of Emergency Declaration: https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=162
Board of Supervisors Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 in the Holbert Building is CANCELED.
Treasurer’s Office CLOSED to public March 19-27. Reach staff at email@example.com or 507-7058, Mon-Fri 8-4:30 and payments accepted via outside drop box, by phone at 1-844-443-8803 or online at www.spotsylvania.va.us
Office of Commissioner of Revenue CLOSED to public March 19-27. Reach staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop box for tax returns & documents located in Holbert Building lobby open Mon-Fri, 8-4:30.
- Spotsylvania Circuit Court & Clerk’s Office CLOSED through Friday, April 3
- Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Order CLOSED through Friday, April 3
- Spotsylvania General District Court: modified schedule and office open to public ONLY for protective orders & vehicle impoundments. Make online payments at www.courts.state.va.us or download forms to submit by mail.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office lobby CLOSED to public beginning March 19. Reach staff Mon-Fri 8-4:30 at 540-507-7200.
3.24.20: Quick Links to Online Services
- Register your Personal Property/Business Property, Real Estate Taxes and Utility Accounts
- Enroll in electronic notifications
- View your bill online
- Change your billing address or phone number
- E-File and Pay your Meals, Transient Occupancy and other Business Fiduciary Taxes
- Purchase Lifetime Dog License
Apply for Permits or call (540) 658- 8650
Permit Application Status
Pay Permit Fees
Utilities Pay Water and Sewer Bills
Utilities Start New Service
Utilities Report a Sewer Back-Up (Call (540) 658-4857 during regular business hours or (540) 658-4857 on nights, weekends, or holidays)
Sign up for Stafford Alert Today! For direction for Businesses, Community Partners, Individuals and Households, Travelers and those groups putting on Large Events/Mass Gatherings, please visit VDH.
3.19.20: Planning & Zoning Our building is closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions and we are continuing to have business operations. Citizens can submit Site Plans and Construction Plans via eplans. Subdivision Plats and other applications can be filed via the US Postal Service or other courier services. Other materials to be dropped off can be done by appointment only. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their applications. Mailing Address: P. O. Box 339, Stafford, VA 22555-0339 Physical Address: 1300 Courthouse Road, 2nd Floor, Stafford, VA If you have questions, please call (540) 658-8668 This is in effect through March 31, 2020 (date subject to change)
Building Plans (Residential) Effective immediately, Building Plan Reviewers will be available by appointment only. Please call (540) 658-8950 to schedule an appointment to meet with a Plan Reviewer.
3.19.20: Stafford County Plan Submittal Policy:
- Appointments will be made for folks who cannot complete transactions over the phone, web, mail, or email.
- Runners will have to mail in permits or process online, we will not be accepting appointments for them at this time.
- Revisions or response to comments for in-person permits will need to be mailed in to our office – these still need to be processed by the CDSC, please ask your reviewers not to accept emailed plans, not every reviewer is willing or able and we need to be as consistent as possible especially since things are so crazy.
- We will mail or email permits that need to be issued. IT is working on an emergency request with procurement to get a file sharing software so that we can email everyone’s permits no matter the size.
- COO’s can be requested and sent via email – Requests should be sent to email@example.com. We will accept emailed operational permits.
- Reinspection and other misc fees can be paid online or by mail, we cannot accept payments over the phone. Please direct applicants to the CDSC or to firstname.lastname@example.org to have an online account created for fee payments.
- Our phone lines are very busy, and most of our staff is not there to answer. If you all could direct anyone to email us at email@example.com we can assist them as time allows, multiple people have access and are checking and responding to those emails.
3.18.20: Stafford County Modified Operations – The County Government has declared a local state of emergency. The County will maintain business operations but, as of today, and through March 31st, the County Government will be utilizing modified work schedules and procedures. All County buildings are now closed to the public. Employees are utilizing telework to maximize social distancing. Below is a summary of new operational guidelines for organizations that you may interact with.
3.18.20: Planning and Zoning: General phone questions can be taken at our main telephone number 540-658-8668.
- All staff can be reached via e-mail or telephone. Please refer to the Department web page https://staffordcountyva.gov/478/Planning-Zoning for the employee directory.
- Please consider using e-plans for submittal of new site plans and subdivision construction plans.
- Plan and application submittals can be received via US-mail, UPS, FED-EX and other courier services.
- Plan documents that are too large to mail or have a critical timing component can be delivered to the County on an appointment only basis. Please contact your project planner to make arrangements for staff to meet you at the front door.
- Zoning inspections of As-Built Plans will continue to occur. Please follow the normal process for making inspection requests.
3.18.20: Permitting/Public Works: General phone questions should be directed to 540-658-8650 or refer to the Department web page https://staffordcountyva.gov/180/Public-Works for specific contact information regarding permitting and securities.
- Please consider maximizing the use of e-plans for permit application submittals.
- Paper applications will be received vis US-mail, UPS, FED-EX and other courier services.
- Paperwork that is time sensitive may be accepted on an appointment only basis. Please contact the appropriate staff in the Department to make arrangements to meet you at the front door.
- Call for inspections will continue to follow the normal process.
3.18.20: VDOT: Are maximizing telework with very limited staff in the building. Plans may be dropped off and picked up by appointment only. Please contact Margaret Niemann for details. Niemann, Margaret firstname.lastname@example.org
3.18.20: Clerk of the Court: The Courthouse is also closed to the public. The Clerk will continue to record deeds, plats and other legal documents. Please refer to the Clerk’s web page for details on https://staffordcountyva.gov/760/Circuit-Court . If you want Planning and Zoning staff to coordinate recordation of plats, we will send them to the Clerk via inter-office mail.
GENERAL STAFFORD COUNTY INFO & LINKS
Stafford County Official COVID-19 Update Webpage CLICK HERE
State of Emergency Declaration: https://staffordcountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2810
Closing Building to the Public: https://staffordcountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2811
OTHER IMPORTANT STATE & NATIONAL INFORMATION:
COVID-19 Educational Resources
- CDC: Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings
- ASAE: Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
- MPI: Coronavirus Resources for Meeting Professionals
- PCMA: What Business Events Professionals Need to Know About the COVID-19 Coronavirus
- IAEE: Coronavirus Resources
3.24.20: The Senate on March 18 approved the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which President Trump promptly signed into law. The measure guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave for all employees, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives and increases federal Medicaid spending.
3.23.20: Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) on their response to COVID-19.
The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of the American people are our top priority. FEMA is leading federal operations on behalf of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which oversees the whole-of-government response to the pandemic. As part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, HHS continues providing their subject matter expertise as the nation’s pre-eminent public health responders.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of Stafford Act. The President’s action cuts red tape and bureaucracy and avoids governors needing to request individual emergency declarations. The nationwide emergency declaration increases federal support to the White House Task Force as it leads the ongoing federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to this declaration, FEMA, in coordination with HHS, is assisting state, local, tribal, territorial governments, and other eligible entities, with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and one tribe are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. On March 20, 2020, President Trump declared a major disaster declaration for the State of New York making federal funding available for crisis counseling services in addition to emergency protective measures.
To help the American public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19, FEMA has created a Rumor Control page onFEMA.gov. The public can help control the spread of rumors by sharing our page: fema.gov/coronavirus.
3.21.20: The tax filing due date is extended from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers — individuals, corporations, other non-corporate filers and those who pay self-employment tax — can also defer income tax payments. See details at:www.irs.gov/coronavirus
3.18.20: DPOR Update: The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) is extending the validity of licences and other credentials until 30 days after Virginia’s state of emergency is lifted. Click here for more information. http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/COVID-19/
3.18.20: The Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court has issued a judicial emergency affecting court proceedings but has stated that the courts and clerks’ offices will remain operational and provide essential services, among which are recording, indexing and scanning local land records.
3.18.20: Although the Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to zero, NAHB is cautioning builders to be prepared for approval and other business delays, to check on their subs and workforce, and to watch their cash reserves. NAHB has been invited by the White House to participate in discussions about keeping the housing sector running with as little disruption as possible, and will update members as new information becomes available.
HBAV & NAHB Information
Home Builders Association of Virginia Update 3.24.20:
Today, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 53, implementing several “long term action(s) to mitigate the impacts of this virus on our Commonwealth.” After reviewing the text of the Executive Order and the “Frequently Asked Questions” document released by the Administration today, as well as public comments that were made during the Governor’s announcement, it is the belief of the Home Builders Association of Virginia that the Executive Order will have a limited impact on the construction industry’s ability to continue operations.
Although this is positive news for our industry, HBAV cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our member companies to continually identify and implement measures to protect their workforce, job sites, and offices. This is NOT business as usual – for the foreseeable future, we must all be proactive in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all Virginians by implementing social distancing measures and other recommendations of Governor Northam and state health officials.
As stated in today’s Executive Order:
“7. All businesses shall, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities while in operation”
“8. Although business operations offering professional rather than retail services may remain open, they should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such business must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and apply the relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.”
Executive Order 53 also contains provisions that designate “home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply” businesses (among others) as “essential retail business” that may remain open during their normal business hours.
The Governor was explicit in his press conference and his Executive Order that this public health emergency is changing on an hourly basis – and that his Administration and state health officials will continue to evaluate the situation and implement additional measures, if necessary.
Last week, the Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV) released a 10-point plan for job site safety that we encourage all members to implement and post on job sites. In addition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is in the process of compiling information from OSHA regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. NAHB, HBAV, and our local associations will distribute additional resources as they become available. Again, we urge all members to identify and implement measures to educate your employees about COVID-19 and workplace safety, limit unnecessary person-to-person contact, and other proven methods to decrease the risk of transmission and community spread.
HBAV will be hosting a Tele-Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25th at 12 PM to review the Governor’s Executive Order, workplace safety resources, and other topics related to COVID-19’s impact on the residential land development and construction industry. Please click here to register for the March 25th Tele-Town Hall.
3.20.20: On Friday night, the Office of the Attorney General informed HBAV of the AG’s issuance of a formal opinion re: electronic meetings of local governing bodies. That opinion can be found here: https://www.oag.state.va.us/files/Opinions/2020/Sullivan-Opinion-Request.pdf
The AG held that “Virginia State Code § 2.2-3708.2(A)(3) permits public bodies that are unable to assemble in person because of the unique characteristics of the COVID-19 virus to meet electronically to make decisions that must be made immediately and where failure to do so could result in irrevocable public harm. Whether any particular action by a public body fits within that description requires a fact-specific determination that should be made in consultation with that public body’s counsel. It is also my opinion that Code § 44-146.21 does not authorize local governing bodies to hold meetings solely by electronic communication during the pendency of the emergency, but that Code § 15.2-1413 provides additional authority for localities to ensure continuity of government during the declared emergency. Even when a public body is authorized to meet via electronic communication means, Virginia State Code § 2.2-3708.2(A)(3) details further procedural steps such bodies must take to comply with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, including arrangements for public access to such meeting.”
3.20.20: NAHB Corona Virus Preparedness and Response resource webpage. CLICK HERE
3.20.20: Virginia Court Clerk Association (VCCA) STATEMENT regarding Circuit Court Clerk operations during this state of emergency. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STATEMENT VCCA’s representative has been extremely proactive in helping the Clerks navigate this unprecedented time – as we’ve received inquires from members regarding office closures or other challenges with processing of land records, he has been helpful in getting those directed to the appropriate individuals/resolving the issues. Please continue to contact HBAV if you hear of any issues/concerns/questions in specific localities.
3.19.20: Local Building Departments Update: The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has pulled together a “snapshot in time” spreadsheet of the current status of local building departments as well as information about approved third party inspectors for that locality. The Virginia Building Code Officials Association has posted it on the website and will be updated as often as possible. That page can be found by clicking here. DHCD has also posted this page on their website to provide updates, resources, and guidance to local building departments and contractors. HBAV encourages members to continue to reach out to their local governments for the most up to date information.
3.19.20: NAHB Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus: Congress has passed an emergency response coronavirus bill that includes tax credits to help businesses and self-employed individuals to cover some of the costs of mandatory sick leave included in the legislation. More details on the bill can be found by clicking here. Earlier this week, NAHB participated in a conference call with White House officials to discuss strategies to provide needed aid and stimulus to the housing sector in the wake of the coronavirus threat that is wreaking short-term havoc on the national economy. As a result, HUD is suspending foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration through the end of April. Click Here for NAHB’s complete update.
3.19.20: IRS Extends Tax Payment Deadline to July 15, Tax Returns Still Due April 15: The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-17, extending the April 15 tax payment deadline to July 15, up to specific thresholds. Tax returns are still due April 15. Corporate taxpayers can postpone up to $10 million in federal income tax payments while individual taxpayers can postpone up to $1 million. Contact your C.P.A. for more details.
3.19.20: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace: The Coronavirus Advisory Hub (click here) offers the latest insights on navigating business operations and workforce planning during this uncertain times. HBAV issued a 10-point plan for a Safer Job Site during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please feel free to download and print this and post on all job sites. Click here for HBAV ‘s COVID-19 Update – March 18th – DPOR Extension of licenses, certifications, other credentials – Issues with recording, indexing, and scanning local land records Click here for HBAV ‘s COVID-19 Update – March 17th – Local Building Department Status – Local Board of Supervisors, City Council Planning Commission Meetings – DHCD Meeting Cancellations – OSHA’s Planning Guidelines
3.18.20: NAHB staff is working remotely and the association has suspended all staff travel through April 15.
3.18.20: HBAV staff is working remotely.
3.18.20: HBAV has compiled a comprehensive outline of statewide activities, along with links to a wide range of information sources. Click here to check out the most recent update. If you run into any challenges with these services not being provided, please contact HBAV’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Andrew Clark, at AClark@HBAV.com as soon as possible.