Hempstead Town Assists Beleaguered Home Owners to Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy – Waives Building and Trailer Permit Fees

When Hurricane Sandy hit our area, it left behind unprecedented damage and devastation. Countless homes in Hempstead Town were destroyed or encountered serious damage.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced meaningful efforts to assist residents faced with the daunting challenge of repairing or restoring their homes and livelihoods. Effective immediately, the Town of Hempstead’s Building Department is waiving permit fees for residents who are faced with replacement or storm-related repairs to homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. Fees will only be waived for storm-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement.

In addition, Murray has directed the Building Department to waive permit fees for temporary housing trailers that are often used in the wake of home fires or similar emergencies.

The waived fees will save residents up to $2500 for a permit. Building permits are required for all structural repairs and alterations to structures within the Town of Hempstead.

“Sandy has ripped through our communities, toppling trees and destroying homes,” Murray said. “And, while living rooms have been soaked with sea water and houses have been toppled from their foundations, the spirit of Long Islanders has not been broken. Neighbors across Long Island are poised to rebuild their shattered homes, and Hempstead Town is working to lend a helping hand.”

Residents will need to furnish a copy of an insurance claim related to the repair/replacement along with architectural plans submitted to the town’s building department. The fee waiver program will run until March 1, 2013. (Supervisor Murray has indicated that she will propose extending the period when permit fees will be waived.) In addition, the Supervisor has requested that the town’s board of appeals waive its fees in relation to replacement and reconstruction of storm damaged homes. The chairman of the board has expressed support for the plan.

Town of Hempstead Building Inspectors are driving around neighborhoods throughout the township to assist residents, answer questions and distribute permit applications to those seeking to make storm-related repairs.

Town residents can also call the Building Department at (516) 812-3073 for further information or to schedule a meeting with a Planning Examiner.

To further accommodate residents, the Building Department, regularly open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., will extend its hours to 8 a.m. through 6 p.m., commencing today. Building Department services will also be available to residents at Hempstead’s Mobile Town Hall. The mobile office will furnish all necessary forms and answer questions for homeowners. The schedule for the Mobile Town Building Department will be released in the coming days.

“Hurricane Sandy ravaged many homes and buildings across our township,” Murray said. “Although it shattered windows and crushed roofs, it has only strengthened our resolve. Together we will rebuild our homes while building a bright future for our families.”