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

“Sandy victims are still hurting,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as she announced that the town will extend a moratorium on Building Department permit fees for Sandy victims who are still working to repair or rebuild their storm ravaged homes.  The town has also continued its fee waiver for the replacement of birth certificates, marriage licenses and passports that were lost in the Superstorm.  The fees, first waived in the immediate wake of Hurricane Sandy, will continue to be suspended through December 31, 2015.

“It’s heartbreaking for so many of our town’s residents to struggle with the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and their lives in the aftermath of Sandy,” said Murray.  “Eliminating the fees that are within our control for storm-struck neighbors is the town’s commitment to victims of the hurricane.”

Hempstead Town has foregone approximately $4.2 million in Building Department permit fees for residents rebuilding and repairing storm-struck houses.  The Supervisor has stated that she and her colleagues on the Town Board agreed that the fee waivers are the right thing to do for homeowners.

In the Building Department, all town fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that confirm 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.  Through December 31, 2015, structural work on buildings will be permitted on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in addition to the regular construction hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., 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 time.  Neighbors can contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (516) 489-5000 ext. 3046.

“Our neighbors are working hard to put the pieces of their homes and their lives back together almost three years removed from the storm,” concluded Murray.  “We will continue to support families as they work to recover.”