DLI Provides Guidance for Building Inspections During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The state Department of Labor and Industry requires inspection services to continue, unless specifically exempted by the governor.

The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) told cities on March 18 that if they provide building inspection, they must continue to provide those services and plan review, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

—Read about construction inspection support services related to COVID-19 on the DLI website

FAQs from DLI

DLI has FAQs that provide more information on how cities can meet these obligations, including modifying inspections through allowing photos and/or videos instead of in-person inspections, or contracting with other certified building officials to perform these inspections.

—Read the FAQs from DLI

Modifying services is an option

A number of cities have modified their inspection services. When doing this, consult with your city attorney.

—Sample: Oak Park Heights — Building Department Pubic Health Emergency Practice Policy (pdf)

If cities are interested in contracting to comply with inspections during this time, contact DLI for potential options.

Additional city considerations

Consistent with the League’s guidance on city considerations when closing their facilities, cities should consider identifying and sharing a point of contact for questions, including for inspections and plan review.

When providing a phone number or email, make sure voicemails and emails are regularly checked.