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Hempstead Building Department to be in Five Towns for Sandy Issues

Building department officials will be at Rock Hall Road in Lawrence.
Building department officials will be at Rock Hall Road in Lawrence.
Officials from the Town of Hempstead’s Building Department will be available to discuss Sandy-related issues in the Five Towns on Thursday and two upcoming dates.

The Mobile Building Department has provided victims of Hurricane Sandy with important Building Department services, such as the distribution and processing of permit applications, as well as the opportunity to meet with an on-site Plans Examiner.           

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

At each scheduled visit, the Mobile Building Department will be available for Sandy-affected residents from noon to 6 p.m.:
  • Thursday, May 2 — Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
  • Saturday, May 4 — Terrace Gardens Park, Carvel Place and Sheridan Blvd., Inwood
  • Saturday, May 11 — North Woodmere Park, 750 Hungry Harbor Rd. 

Murray and the town board extended the deadlines for homeowners to secure building permits for Sandy-related repairs without incurring permit fees through June 1. Building department fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Also, all permit fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction.

The town has also eliminated a requirement for homeowners to obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s foundation height to comply with FEMA flood standards. The town said that waived building department fees will save residents up to $2,500 for a permit.

Building permits are required for all structural repairs and alterations within the Town of Hempstead. The Building Department’s Plan Examiners are available Monday through Friday, with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Building Department Sandy Helpline at (516) 801-5642.

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