This post was written by Tim Berkebile.

On March 23, 2020, the City of Pittsburgh offered additional guidance to property owners, contractors and trade license holders regarding construction activities that may occur in the city while Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s emergency order to cease non-life sustaining businesses and operations remains in effect. New building permits will only be issued for construction projects falling within the two exceptions identified by the Governor: (1) commercial healthcare facilities; and (2) commercial and/or residential structure emergency repairs. If the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development issues an exemption to the Governor’s order, documentation of such request and the DCED exemption must be provided to PLI with sufficient information regarding the nature and extent of the exemption. Issuance of new permits for DCED exemptions and emergency repairs and already issued permits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as to whether conditions exist that render the structure and/or equipment unsafe or unfit for human occupancy. PLI must be notified of all new and already started emergency work at pliapptech@pittsburghpa.gov. PLI will provide written documentation to verify the construction activity has been authorized. PLI inspectors will issue stop work orders for unauthorized construction activities. More information regarding PLI building permits can be found here.

Metz Lewis attorneys are mobilized to advise businesses and individuals regarding coronavirus-related issues. We are monitoring developments so that we may continue to offer you proven guidance during this pandemic. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, and we stand ready to consult and assist regarding any construction project impacted by the Shutdown Order and/or the coronavirus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Metz Lewis contact or Tim Berkebile (tberkebile@metzlewis.com or 412-918-1106) if you have any questions or wish to discuss.

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