Rebuilding After Sandy FAQ

After a natural disaster, FEMA requires that the town complete a rapid assessment of all structures that have been damaged. These rapid assessments are not intended to serve as a full analysis of the damage to the dwelling. In part, this assessment is to determine the relative safety of the structure and the necessity for building permits.

Please note, by law, the requirements for permits cannot be waived for any reason including natural disasters. This is clearly mandated in the Federal FEMA guidelines.

Additionally, this serves as your notice that the town has made or attempted to make a rapid assessment of the damage to your property. Because these were rapid assessments and in many instances, the town did not have an opportunity to assess the damage to the interior of the dwelling, you have been asked to contact the town to determine what, if any, permits are required. After a natural disaster, FEMA requires that the town complete a rapid assessment of all structures that have been damaged. These rapid assessments are not intended to serve as a full analysis of the damage to the dwelling. In part, this assessment is to determine the relative safety of the structure and the necessity for building permits.

Please note, by law, the requirements for permits cannot be waived for any reason including natural disasters. This is clearly outlined in the FEMA guidelines.

Additionally, this serves as your notice that the town has made or attempted to make a rapid assessment of the damage to your property. Because these were rapid assessments and in many instances, the town did not have an opportunity to assess the damage to the interior of the dwelling, you have been asked to contact the town to determine what, if any, permits are required.

You must hire a Town of Hempstead licensed plumber to repair and/or replace the equipment. Please note that it is the plumber's responsibility to file a plumbing permit with the town on your behalf. All plumbing fees have been waived for storm-related permits.

A list of licensed plumbers is available at the Building Department or on-line at; https://hempsteadny.gov/files/pdfs/bz_plumbers.pdf?v1.1

You must hire a Town of Hempstead licensed electrician to repair and/or replace the equipment. Upon completion of the work, the electrician is required to provide you with an electrical inspection certificate that you will need for your records. A list of licensed electricians is available at the Building Department or on-line at: https://hempsteadny.gov/files/pdfs/bz_electricians.pdf?v1.1

If your dwelling did not sustain any damage as a result of the storm, contact the Building Department and you will be forwarded an *Affidavit of No Flood Damage( available on at https://hempsteadny.gov/building-forms/hurricane-flood-forms ). Complete the affidavit and return along with a copy of the property’s Flood Claim History Report, which may be obtained by contacting N.F.I.P. at 1-866-395-7496. Return all documents to the Building Department so that we can close out your storm-related building file.

*All Flood related damage forms are available at the Building Department or on-line at;

https://hempsteadny.gov/building-forms/hurricane-flood-forms

A building permit shall be required for any work which must conform to the New State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, (Title 19 NYCRR and the New York State mandated Energy Code, including, but not limited to, the repair, construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure or any portion thereof. This would include the removal and replacement of sheetrock and insulation. The Town Board has waived all fees for the direct repair or replacement of the permitted structure, (subsequent additions to the original structure are calculated as new construction and have statutory permit fees in accordance with our established fee schedule).

An architect or engineer is required to be on record for any permit that either involves the structure of the dwelling or exceeds $20,000 in construction costs. An Architect or Engineer is duly licensed and recognized by New York State as being qualified to make an assessment of the safety of the structure of the dwelling and make recommendations for its repair.

If there are permits on file with the Building Department that match the existing conditions at your dwelling, then in most instances no new drawings are required to file for storm-related repairs. Bring the report to the Building Department, and the staff will assist you in completing the permit application form, make copies of your existing records and, in most cases, approve the permit within the same day. All permit fees have been waived by the  Town Board for storm-related damage repair, (subject to documentation of proof of Flood Claim History from the N.F.I.P. to receive the fee waiver upon filing).  

In order to obtain the permit you will need the contractor's Workers Compensation insurance information and the home improvement license number. If the work involves a plumber and/or electrician, then their current Town of Hempstead license numbers will be required as well.

New drawings may be required if the dwelling has sustained major structural damage and/or deemed to be elevated in accordance with FEMA regulations and guidelines as Federally mandated.

If additions and alterations have been made to the dwelling without the benefit of a building permit, then new drawings are required to depict the existing conditions and required repairs. The Building Department cannot issue a permit to repair a structure that was built "illegally". Additionally, some structures were built pre-dating the existence of the Building Department. These non-conforming structures must obtain building permits to verify their legal nonconforming status prior to the issuance of building permits to repair the storm related damage.

If you are applying for an SBA loan you must obtain a permit from the town for the repairs to your dwelling. After you obtain the permit the town will complete its portion of the SBA form.

In order for the town to help you with this program, you will need to provide the Building Department with either the proof of loss or NFIP flood claim history for the property. Please contact the plan examiner's office at (516) 812-3073 if you need additional information.

Hazard mitigation programs are being run through New York State.

Visit https://stormrecovery.ny.gov  or call 1-844-9NYRISING