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Posted on: March 27, 2020

DCD Operations Changes through May 31

General Questions and Assistance

Our counter is closed to in-person walk-in traffic. We are still available during normal business hours by phone, email or the "Ask a Planner" or "Ask a Building Plans Examiner" forms. You can also apply for permits and make payments through our online permit center.  A more comprehensive summary of our services is found on our department home page.  

Building Inspections

We continue to provide building inspections services upon request. Our inspectors will maintain 6 feet of distance from others on the job site and offer Skype Building Inspections for inspections that will occur within an occupied building. Our inspectors will not inspect on a job-site where anyone is visibly ill or symptomatic or within an occupied building.  

Permit Submittal, Review and Issuance

San Juan County is still accepting, reviewing and issuing permits. 

Electronic Submittal and Skype Inspections

We now offer electronic submittal of permit applications and inspection via Skype.  We highly recommend that submit electronic documents to us to ensure that review can continue in the event that our staff are required to work from home during this uncertain time. Instructions for electronic submittals are found here and instructions for Skype inspections are found here. Once you have your electronic documents ready, we recommend that you email us at and we’ll make an appointment to help you through the process.

Residential Burning

Residential burning remains open, however we ask that citizens voluntarily keep burn piles smaller and burn them hot. These measures allow for better smoke management, less smoke production, and an easier pile to extinguish if the weather changes in such a way that the neighborhood is negatively impacted.  It will also keep non-essential phone calls to our emergency responders to a minimum.  We recognize that spring is here and San Juan County Citizens are using this downtime to work in the yard, we just ask that you modify burning to lessen the impact on our neighbors. Thank you.

Other Useful Information

The addendum to the Governor’s Proclamation 20-25 "Stay Safe, Stay Home"  includes requirements for the safe restart of construction activities. The Addendum can be found here and the mandatory safety requirements for construction activities are found here.  We recommend that all contractors carefully review the requirements. Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e-mail to  General questions about how to comply with construction safety practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center 

If you have other questions and concerns about COVID-19, including enforcement, check out the COVID-19 webpage

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