DHS CISA Memo Allows for Continued Building Inspections

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineMarch 30, 2020
by Jess Lohse


Arlington County’s (Virginia) Permit Office (building department) recently announced virtual inspections as an efficient alternative to in-person inspections that enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and more specific scheduling. 

This is a great example of a building department continuing their services within the Department of Homeland Security/Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency’s updated Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum that designates workers supporting the construction of housing, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services as essential.  

In an environment where the COVID-19 virus is preventing building departments nationwide from performing regular jobsite inspections, Arlington County is leading the way making use of common technology to keep their home builders and trades in business, and ensuring progress despite these difficult times.  Despite being closed, the Arlington County Permit Office is finding a way to service its citizens.  To learn more about Arlington County’s efforts for virtual inspections, click here, or forward this story to your local building department to encourage similar use of modern technology. 


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