More Than 250 Residents Get Building Permit Fees Waived; Reminder to Take Advantage of Waivers for Hurricane Matthew Repairs

Deadline to have permit fees waived for repairs related to storm damage is Dec. 9.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

​Since the City Council passed an ordinance (Sec. 8-38 of the City Code) allowing the waiver of permit fees for certain emergencies, 253 Virginia Beach residents who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew have received building permits for storm-related repair work free of charge. The deadline for applying for permits and getting the fee waives is Dec. 9 – 60 days after Matthew made landfall in Virginia Beach.

"We know costs are a concern for many residents impacted by the storm," said Barry Frankenfield, Director of Planning & Community Development. "Our goal is to make it a little bit easier for property owners to get necessary repairs completed properly and safely. Some damage can be fixed by homeowners, but we don't want anyone to forgo applying for a permit due to cost."

To date, more than $20,000 in fees have been waived for repairs including fences, sheds, soffit/fascia/siding, roofing, docks, electrical wiring and screen enclosures, as well as replacement of HVAC equipment. A permit is typically good for six months and required inspections can reset the clock. Staff will assist homeowners in determining needed approvals. 

To be eligible for the fee waiver, applicants must provide verification that the request is a direct result of damage sustained by Hurricane Matthew along with a site plan for fences, sheds, screen enclosures and docks. An insurance evaluation is considered to be an acceptable documentation.

The fee waiver period will expire Dec. 9, so citizens are reminded apply for permits soon. Property owners or contractors licensed with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Contractors may obtain the permit.

The city will attempt to expedite all hurricane-related permits. To apply for a permit or for more information, contact Permits & Inspections at (757) 385-4211.

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