Hempstead Town Board Extends Fee-Waiver on Building Permits, Costs for Replacement Documents for Sandy Victims

To assist residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Town Board have extended the moratorium on Building Department permit fees for Sandy victims faced with home repair and/or reconstruction costs, as well as town fees on birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and passports that were lost in the storm. Those fees, first suspended for Sandy victims in the aftermath of the Superstorm, are now being waived through September 30, 2015.

“We want to do everything in our power to help residents who are still struggling to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy,” stated Murray. “We are confident that waiving these fees through September 30th will go a long way toward assisting our town neighbors.”

In the Building Department, all town fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Residents of incorporated villages should check requirements of their local villages.  All town fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction. ThroughSeptember 30, 2015, structural work on buildings will be permitted on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM in addition to the regular construction hours of 7 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

In the Office of the Town Clerk, residents who lost important documents during Hurricane Sandy including birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and passports, will not have to pay the town fees for replacement copies.

Although no appointments are required for residents who plan to visit the Building Department on Sandy-related business, residents are encouraged to call ahead of time to (516) 812-3073 to minimize waiting times. Neighbors can contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (516) 489-5000 ext. 3046.

“We know that residents are working hard each and every day to repair their homes and their lives,” concluded Murray. “Waiving fees for Sandy victims is a small step on the road to recovery for the residents of America’s largest township.”