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4 p.m. March 30, 2020 Notice: Inspections protocols for week of March 30

City of West Fargo City Hall remains closed to the public and staff are working remotely from home. For the week of March 30 the Inspections Office will continue to do inspections to the best of their ability with continued safety protocols as previously outlined. Due to the uncertainty related to COVID-19 and the longevity of the CDC Guidelines for social distancing, the Inspections Office together with City of West Fargo Administration is developing a process to begin taking in new permit applications. 

All new permit applications must be emailed to the Inspection Office Coordinator Lynda Lee and Inspection Administrator Jay Sandvig. The Inspection Office is not accepting payment in person and will bill all permit fees to the applicant. Final inspections will not be done until all payments are received.

With the increased safety precautions and remote working situation, applicants should expect delays and inconveniences associated with the current situation. We ask for patience and understanding of the current process.

The following requirements must be adhered in order for inspections to be completed:

  • All inspection requests must be sent in an email format.
  • Each request must list the address, date of when inspections is to be completed by and any special conditions that may be present or needs special attention.
  • Please allow 2 days lead time, especially for any corrections that may be needed.
  • Do not expect a certificate of occupancy (CO) on the same day a final inspection is completed.
  • All work sites need to be vacated by all persons on-site and no work can be in progress while we are on-site.
  • Someone from the inspections department will call whomever requested the inspections and ask questions prior to the inspections being completed. If the city determines that the answers were not sufficiently answered, there are workers on site and/or if the inspector deems the site unsafe, the inspections will not be completed.

The City of West Fargo will re-evaluate these requirements weekly to ensure the safety of its employees.

2 p.m. March 24, 2020 Notice: Building inspections in West Fargo continue on limited basis if certain procedures are followed

City of West Fargo administration has reviewed its current response to the COVID-19 crisis as it pertains to building inspection procedures. It has been determined that the City of West Fargo will attempt to conduct on-site framing and final inspections consistent with the procedure set forth below. 

These inspections must be determined to be essential or critical and determination of whether an inspection is essential or critical will be taken by the City and not by individual inspectors. 

This procedure is not intended to normalize the City inspection process during this state of emergency as City Hall remains closed and inspectors are working remotely. Therefore, all contractors, homeowners and developers should plan for delays and must closely adhere to the following procedure or risk not having an inspection performed. 

The City of West Fargo is taking care of existing permits and no new permits are being issued at this time.

The following requirements must be adhered in order for inspections to be completed:

  • All framing and final inspections requests must be sent in an email format.
  • Each request must list the address, date of when inspections is to be completed by and any special conditions that may be present or needs special attention.
  • Please allow 2 days lead time, especially for any corrections that may be needed.
  • Do not expect a certificate of occupancy (CO) on the same day a final inspection is completed.
  • All work sites need to be vacated by all persons on-site and no work can be in progress while we are on-site.
  • Someone from the inspections department will call whomever requested the inspections and ask questions prior to the inspections being completed. If the city determines that the answers were not sufficiently answered, there are workers on site and/or if the inspector deems the site unsafe, the inspections will not be completed.

The City of West Fargo will re-evaluate these requirements weekly to ensure the safety of its employees.