The disease caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading rapidly across the state. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from the COVID-19 illness. Please make sure you are taking precautionary measures to help prevent the virus from spreading. For more information about COVID-19 in Tacoma-Pierce County, click here.
If you believe that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, please contact the call center for members of the public at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
In response to COVID-19, MBA Pierce has postponed all events until further notice. We will not be holding any in-person meetings at our facility. Committee meetings will proceed only by telecommunication. Staff will continue to be available during our normal business hours and are happy to answer any questions via email or by phone at 253-272-2112.
MBA Pierce is committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date resources and information available. With the fluid situation around COVID-19, permit office closures, suspended inspections, and upcoming code implementation have major implications on the work of the building industry. MBA Pierce knows that home builders can spur quick economic growth and reinvigorate the economy after the restrictions and quarantines are lifted. In order to do this, local builders need to have approved permits in hand. Click here read a letter we’ve sent to local jurisdictions that details solutions and requests during this crucial time.
Recommendations: Governor's Stay-at-Home Order regarding Construction >>Learn More
COVID-19 Local Permitting Action Plan >>Learn More
Updates on permit office closures and inspection suspensions >>Learn More
CALL TO ACTION: Due to the unprecedented shortage of supplies in hospitals, MBA Pierce is also participating in a a N95 mask drive to help support our local healthcare workers. >>Learn More
Resources for Businesses
IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The tax-filing deadline will remain April 15, but the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. >>Learn more
Excise Tax Filing Assistance: The Washington State Department of Revenue will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their excise taxes on time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Affected businesses may qualify for filing extensions or penalty waivers. >>Learn more
Small Business Administration (SBA): SBA will be providing up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses Impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship. SBA assistance is available in Pierce County. >>Learn more
The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding information calls twice a day until April 3 to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 navigate the disaster loan funds available.
When: Every workday through 4/3/2020 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
How: Join by phone +1 (202) 765-1264, 522409519#
Conference ID: 522409519
Tax Credits: COVID-19 IRS Payroll Tax Credits Available to Small & Midsized Employers >>Learn More
B&O Tax: The Washington State Department of Revenue is allowing businesses to request a one-time, 24-month penalty waiver if you have not owed a late penalty in the last 24 months. Also, businesses can request a 30-day extension of B&O taxes without payment or 30+ days with deposit. For more information, call (360) 705-6705.
SharedWork Program: SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. This is a little known but powerful program to help workers stay employed while drawing needed benefits. >>Learn more
CDC’s Recommendations for the next 30 days of Mitigation Strategies for Seattle-King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties: The CDC's recommendations for evidence-base community interventions for the situation in Seattle-King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties and will be the roadmap for other counties as needed. >>Learn more
The Washington State Department of Revenue: A helpful guide that outlines frequently asked questions about how to file and pay online, audits, and more. >>Learn more
The US Department of Labor (DOL): More information will be coming out with further guidance for granting small business exemptions from the Response Act that require employer-paid sick and medical leave. NAHB will be voicing our ideas for this guidance with the agency and will keep you in the loop as DOL develops and publicizes its criteria. >>Learn more
Resources to Keep Your
Jobsite and Employees Safe
- COVID-19 Jobsite Practices
- BIAW's COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Kit
- Member Company Essential Worker Letter Template (Download)
- Containment Best Practices and Procedure to Enter
- COVID-19 Jobsite Specific Work Plan
- 10-Point Plan for Building a Safer Jobsite
- How to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus in Spanish
If you're a worker or a business wanting to know if your business is "essential" or you need clarification whether your business is "essential", fill out this form.
- Remote Notarization
- Washington State official Coronavirus Response website
- US Dept of Labor - COVID-19 Workplace Resources
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- Workers' Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
- NAHB Coronavirus Preparedness
- Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic: A guide for businesses and organizations
- Sample Office Procedure
- A List of Resources to Help Seattle’s Small Businesses Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
- Evaluating Your Contracts in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Families, and Students
- Washington State Hospital Association - Where to donate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Resources for businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state (Seattle Times)
- Puget Sound Energy: Open Letter to Building Community Partners
Resources for Employees
Washington State Unemployment: If you or an employee is affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. The agency has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. >>Learn more
Paid Family and Medical Leave: If you are sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that you are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program. It is recommended that you use employer-provided paid sick leave if available.
Employment Security Department (ESD): ESD created this easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. >>Download flyer