Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney issued an executive order on May 26, 2020 ― modifying prior restrictions enacted on April 29, 2020 ― allowing construction on projects that have permits issued after March 20, 2020 to proceed. Previously the mayor only allowed construction on projects for which permits had been obtained on or before March 20, 2020.
The order is the latest in a series of modifications that have gradually loosened construction restrictions in Philadelphia. In a previous May 13 directive, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections removed time limits on when construction activities can take place.
The city stated previously, on April 29, 2020, that construction could take place within very precise time periods.
Those restrictions were removed by the May 13 directive, which allowed virtually all construction to resume normal periods for work. Contractors, subcontractors and all related activities must continue to comply with all applicable requirements of the city, state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Time limitations remain for construction on one- or two-family dwellings.
View the full text of Mayor Kenney's May 26 Executive Order.
View the full text of the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections May 13 modification.