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Hempstead permit fee waiver extended for Sandy repairs

Volunteer Philip Cilio, 43, of Bellmore (right) and

Volunteer Philip Cilio, 43, of Bellmore (right) and Anna Pacura, 27, of Astoria, Queens (left) work to repair at Sandy damaged Bobbi and the Strays Animal Shelter in Freeport. (Nov. 11, 2012) Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Hempstead Town is extending until Dec. 31 a program that waives home reconstruction and repair permit fees to help make easier 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 since have extended the deadline three times. 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.

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 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, death certificates, marriage licenses 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.

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