Episode 63

On this episode of “The Building Code,” Paul and Tom are joined by legal expert and owner of The Lien Zone, Alex Barthet. We asked Alex to come on the podcast for a second time to provide valuable resources and discuss how COVID-19 is and will continue to impact the construction industry. Listen to the full episode to hear more about the different construction regulations for different states and how you can stay up to date on the latest industry news during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

What are you hearing from your clients right now?

“Most county offices are closed to in-person business transactions. However, they are open for online and phone business. So, for example, if you wanted to go to your building department and talk to an inspector or a chief building official or a plan reviewer, in most counties and most cities, it’s not possible. You cannot go and see them. You can have a phone call. You can submit information you are otherwise able to submit online and that’s it.”

Are new permits being issued right now?

“We’re also seeing is that a lot of offices, municipal offices are not issuing new permits. I don’t know if that’s a Miami thing or a South Florida thing, but if you don’t have an open permit, we’re hearing from our clients that the municipality is not issuing new permits. And then there are certain municipalities where it’s absolutely just closed.”

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