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Home repair permit fee waiver extended

One of the Town of Hempstead bay houses

One of the Town of Hempstead bay houses that suffered damage from superstorm Sandy (Nov .21, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

Hempstead Town is extending until Sept. 1 a program that waives home reconstruction and repair permit fees to help ease rebuilding efforts for homeowners still dealing with superstorm Sandy’s aftermath.

Hempstead Town officials established the temporary program in the wake of the storm for six months, but have since extended the deadline twice. The program allows for all Hempstead Town Building Department fees to be waived for Sandy-related structural repairs and alterations that conform to original dimensions and specifications. Permit fees can reach $2,500.

“We want to do everything in our power to help residents who are still struggling to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy,” Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement.

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The building department also has waived fees for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction. The town has also eliminated a requirement for a building variance for those residents who wish to rebuild homes with elevated foundations to meet FEMA flood height standards.

Residents also will not have to pay the town fees to the town clerk’s office in order to replace important documents such as birth certificates and passports, officials said.

For more information, call the building department at 516-812-3073 or the town clerk’s office at 516-489-5000 ext. 3046.

-- Aisha Al-Muslim

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