Months after Hurricane Sandy left behind unprecedented damage across Hempstead Town, many victims are still rebuilding their homes and restoring their lives. Some neighbors are still awaiting important storm-related insurance and relief checks needed to fund home repairs. Being cognizant of this unfortunate reality, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town Board have extended a helpful program that includes a waiver of all Building Department permit fees for Sandy victims faced with house reconstruction or storm-related repairs through June 1, 2013.
Initially established in the wake of the Superstorm, under the direction of Murray and the Town Board, all Hempstead Town Building Department fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement.
“The aftermath of Sandy has truly been difficult for many of our residents,” Murray said. “We want to do everything we can to assist neighbors as they work hard to rebuild after the Superstorm and return to normalcy.”
Additionally, all fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction. Furthermore, the town has eliminated a requirement for homeowners to obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s foundation to comply with FEMA flood height standards.
The waived Building Department fees will save residents up to $2,500 for a permit. Building permits are required for all structural repairs and alterations to structures within the Town of Hempstead.
What’s more, hours for the Hempstead Town Building Department’s Plan Examiners remain extended. Until further notice, the Planning Examiners are available from 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary for storm-related damage permit applications. However, residents can make an appointment to minimize waiting times for meeting with officials by calling (516) 812-3073. Additionally, the town has eliminated a requirement for homeowners to obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s elevation to comply with FEMA flood height guidelines (Building Department permits are required).
“The devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy continues to be a daily reminder for many of our residents,” Murray said. “Extending our waiver of all storm-related building permit fees and assisting residents through the process, will provide neighbors with some relief as they repair their homes and restore their lives.”