• May 1, 2020 2:11 PM

I am a contractor. Can I remodel a client’s home?

I am a contractor. Can I remodel a client’s home?

I am a contractor. Can I remodel a client’s home? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

It depends if the home will be occupied (i.e. lived in) during the remodel.

For unoccupied structures:  If people will not occupy the home until the remodel is completed, then the remodel is allowed.  Additionally, construction work that is to the exterior of the structure or does not entail entering an occupied structure may be performed.  Examples include building a fence, replacing siding, or painting the exterior of a home.

For occupied structures:  construction work affecting the interior of an occupied structure is only allowed if it is necessary for the safety, sanitation, or habitability of the structure, and cannot reasonably be delayed.  Examples of this type of work include:

  • Provision of a working bathroom.
  • Provision of an operable kitchen.
  • Heating and ventilation work necessary to maintain operable systems and comply with Code requirements.
  • Electrical work needed to supply electricity and to maintain a safe electrical system.
  • Plumbing work needed for use of bathroom or kitchen or to correct any hazardous plumbing conditions.
  • Painting needed to maintain clean and sanitary walls and ceilings free from mildew, mold, dampness, and vermin, and this painting work may address damage, including smoke damage.
  • Carpet or flooring replacement needed to maintain sanitary floor coverings or address damage from mildew, mold, dampness and vermin.
  • Work needed to repair weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including fixing or replacing broken windows and doors.
  • Other repair work to fix damage or address health hazards, including vector control and life safety work.
  • Construction or repair work necessary to ensure access for individuals with a disability or other physical limitations.

All businesses performing allowed construction must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.