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Hempstead extends fee waiver program through June 1 for Sandy victims

Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington

Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington St. Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011

Hempstead Town is extending until June 1 its 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 had initially established the temporary program for six months. The program allows 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 range as high as $2,500.

“The aftermath of Sandy has truly been difficult for many of our residents,” Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. “We want to do everything we can to assist neighbors as they work hard to rebuild after the superstorm and return to normalcy.”

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

The building department’s plan examiners will be available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hempstead Town Hall, One Washington St. in Hempstead Village. No appointments are necessary for storm-related damage permits, but residents can schedule an appointment by calling 516-812-3073.

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