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Brightwaters sets tighter code for village building renovations

Brightwaters, an incorporated village in the Town of

Brightwaters, an incorporated village in the Town of Islip on the South Shore of Long Island, has a population of 3,103, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. (Aug. 4, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

Brightwaters officials have strengthened the village’s building code to require that large-scale structural renovation projects adhere to current standards.

The village board of trustees on Monday night unanimously approved the resolution, which also sets a $5,000 fine and 15-day jail term for violations. The measure, which would affect renovation projects of more than 75 percent of a building’s original structure, was introduced last month.

Previously, property owners could demolish virtually an entire structure and rebuild under older building requirements.

The grandfather clause allowed some building owners to seemingly skirt current demolition and building restrictions, officials said.

“The village is tightening up all the required approvals,” said village attorney John P. Finnerty. “This would set up fairly rigid standards for a demolition permit. Our requirements were very minimal.”

The new rules also require homeowners to submit a series of documents to receive a demolition permit: proof of an asbestos inspection and status letters from private utilities and water and sewer providers.

No residents testified during a Monday night public hearing on the measure before the board voted.

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