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Southampton supervisor wants amnesty for illegal sheds

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. (Aug. 5,

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. (Aug. 5, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst wants to provide amnesty for illegal sheds in the town and waive a permit requirement for future ones.

Under the proposal, one structure of up to 120 square feet and 12 feet high would be allowed on a property without a permit to store household equipment. The application for a shed permit is $67.50, but a site survey can cost up to $1,200, the town said.

The town’s building department typically receives 100 permit applications for sheds each year, but suspects many sheds have been built around town without permits.

“The shed permit is an example of a requirement that is simply too onerous,” Throne-Holst said in a statement. Property owners with illegal sheds are reluctant to invite inspectors onto the property for other permits, for electrical work or a rental permit, that are meant to protect public safety, she said.

The public hearing for the shed proposal is scheduled for the Sept. 24 Town Board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.

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