Hurricane Recovery Information
Hurricane Sandy — 10/29/2012
In response to Hurricane Sandy, and with the Federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, New York State (the State) developed the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program along with several other Disaster Recovery initiatives as outlined in the State's Action Plan. The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program is designed to help New Yorkers that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee to recover and rebuild, and just as importantly, to stimulate economic growth in the affected communities.
The Recreate NY Smart Home Program was established to provide assistance to eligible homeowners who suffered direct physical damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.
Building Department Fee Waiver
Hempstead Town is waiving building department permit fees (building permit and plumbing permit fees) for "in-kind" reconstruction and replacement of homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in unincorporated areas of the town through December 31, 2017. In addition, the town will waive permit fees through December 31, 2017 for storage pods, and/or private trailers placed on the property of single and two-family dwellings being repaired or replaced due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Residents of incorporated areas should check requirements of their local villages.
Streamlining Process of Raising Home Heights
The Town Board is doing away with a requirement that a variance is obtained to increase home foundation height and overall home height to comply with FEMA flood height guidelines (incorporated area residents should check with local village governments for requirements).
Extended Building Department Hours
The Hempstead Town Building Department has extended hours for its Plan Examiners to meet with residents rebuilding/repairing storm damaged homes. Currently, Plan Examiner hours are 8 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday. We encourage you to make an appointment with a Plan Examiner for storm-related damage permit applications by calling (516) 812-3073.
Hours of Construction
Through December 31, 2017, enforcement of section 144-3.G of the code of the Town of Hempstead is suspended in that structural work on buildings shall also be permitted between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This is in addition to the regular working hours of 7 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Friday.
After flooding, excess moisture and standing water contribute to mold. Be aware that mold can present a health risk to you and your family. Information on mold (recognizing mold, preventing mold growth, cleaning up mold) can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
What If My Electrical System Is Not Okay?
If an electrical system has been is determined to have become wet and the system cannot be re-energized safely, the homeowner will need to hire a licensed electrician to make necessary repairs. The electrician will then arrange for a private certified electrical inspector to perform an inspection and issue a certificate of inspection. The inspection certification must be furnished to PSEG-LI in order for power to be restored. A list of licensed electricians may be found here.
What if I Need a Licensed Plumber to Perform Repairs to My Home?
A list of licensed plumbers may be found here.