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Construction Policies and Procedures Update - May 18, 2020

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COVID-19 Policies and Procedures (Effective 5/18/2020)

Beginning May 1, 2020, all businesses in the construction industry in the Commonwealth, including those in new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field activities, are permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s April 20, 2020 amendments to the Business Closure Orders, and are subject to Guidance for Businesses in the Construction Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency.

Accordingly, Department policies and procedures have been updated as follows:

All building, zoning, fire prevention, and land development applications must be submitted to the Township by U.S. Mail or dropped off. In addition, permit applications may be submitted electronically. The municipal building remains closed to the public.

To submit by U.S. Mail, please send to: 

Township of North Fayette

Department of Community Development

400 North Branch Road

Oakdale, PA 15071

To submit electronically, please e-mail application to inspection@north-fayette.com.

To drop off, place application in the Community Development drop box located in the vestibule of the municipal building.

Applications that include more than five (5) pages and/or construction drawings greater than 8 ½” X 11” are accepted by mail or drop off only.

Prior to release of an approved building permit, zoning permit, or fire prevention permit, the permit application fee must be paid. The fee may be submitted either by mail, to the address above, or by placing it in the payment drop box located in the municipal building vestibule. Payment must be submitted in the form of a check or money order, which shall be made payable to “North Fayette Township”.

All other application fees and/or escrow deposits must be paid at time of application submission, including, but not limited to, those for land development applications, zoning hearing board applications, and grading permit applications.

Once an application has been accepted as complete, a Code Administrator will review the permit. Any correspondence regarding the permit application will be made by email. Approved permits will be mailed to the applicant at the address provided or placed in the Community Development pick-up box located in the municipal building vestibule. Please note that new permit applications may take longer than the typical 1-3 business days to be reviewed and processed. In addition, the Township does not have control over policies and procedures put in place by the Allegheny County Plumbing Division or 3rdBparty electrical inspection agencies. Please contact those organizations directly with any questions or concerns.

Inspections will be conducted on weekdays, between 7 am and 3 pm. Inspection requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance and must be emailed to inspection@north-fayette.com. Once received, an approximate time for the inspection will be provided by email. 

There are a few policies that inspectors will be following when conducting an inspection as follows:

  • For residential projects, no more than 4 people are permitted on the site.
  • For non-residential projects, no more than 4 people are permitted within the first 2,000 square feet of a commercial project, with 1 additional person permitted per additional 500 square feet. If an inspector can see there are more than the maximum permitted number of people, the inspection will not be performed.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times. The inspection will not be performed if Inspectors observe someone on the job site not wearing a mask/face covering.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet must be strictly followed. The inspection will not be performed if inspectors observe people gathering closer than 6 feet on a job site.
  • Inspection paperwork will be provided to the applicant by mail or email.  To the greatest extent possible, paperwork will not be exchanged on site.
  • Code enforcement requests will be prioritized to those items impacting the safety of citizens and physical property.
  • Special event permits are not being issued at this time.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the above policies and procedures to the Department by email at commdev@north-fayette.com or by phone at (724) 693-3080.


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