Council Extends Deadline for Waiver of Permit Fees for Disaster Repairs

People now have until April 10, 2017 to get permits for repairs related to Hurricane Matthew

Thursday, December 08, 2016

First, City Council waived the fees on permits people needed to make certain disaster-related home repairs. Now, it has extended the deadline to apply for the permits. People have until April 10, 2017.

"Homeowners are just now receiving funds from their insurance companies and FEMA, so they needed more time to apply for permits and hire contractors to help with home repairs," said Barry Frankenfield, director of Planning & Community Development. "We want to make it a little bit easier for property owners to get necessary repairs completed properly and safely. This extension will help homeowners continue to recover from damages caused by Hurricane Matthew."

On Oct. 18, 2016, City Council passed the original ordinance (Sec. 8-38 of the City Code) and amended it on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  To date, more than $30,000 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 acceptable documentation.

The fee waiver period will expire April 10, 2017, 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.

Waived Permit Fee Flyer

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