Permit process eased for recovery

Published 12:57 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Local, state and federal governments are providing ways to help victims of Hurricane Irene in their recovery efforts.

To that end, the City of Washington is waiving permit fees associated with recovery efforts in its harbor district and historic district. Anyone involved with recovery efforts related to repairing homes and other structures damaged by the storm is required to obtain the necessary building permits and/or certificate of appropriateness for recovery efforts in the city’s harbor district and historic district.

The city offers suggestions for the following projects:

  • Roof replacement — use like materials that are historically accurate;
  • Window replacement — projects should be completed with like materials;
  • Tree removal —acceptable if fallen or damaged trees pose safety or health threats;
  • Deck or siding repairs — damaged decks or siding may be replaced with like materials.

The city’s Planning and Development Department provides information on how to dry a water-damaged building, post-disaster landscape restoration, disaster-assistance programs and handling insurance claims.

Call 252-975-9383 to access that information.

City sanitation crews will pick up debris left by curbs. The collection process begins once all streets in the city have been cleared of debris.

Throughout eastern North Carolina, coastal property owners who need to replace docks, piers, bulkheads, houses or other structures damaged by Hurricane Irene along sounds, rivers and creeks may be able to do so quickly by using an emergency general permit offered by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The permit regulations speed up the authorization process for rebuilding structures that meet state standards.

The rules also waive permit fees for those projects, as well as beach bulldozing and maintenance dredging of existing channels related to hurricane recovery.

Property owners in Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties should make their requests at the N.C. Division of Coastal Management office at 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

For more information about this process, call the Washington DCM office at 252-946-6481.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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