YONKERS, N.Y. – Home and business owners recovering from Hurricane Sandy will be spared from the expense of permit fees.
Mayor Mike Spano has ordered the Department of Housing and Buildings to waive all permit fees directly relating to the repair of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, his office announced Wednesday.
The mayor has also announced an expedited process for permits, hoping to prevent delays in repair work.
“With power now restored and clean-up operations wrapping up, we continue to focus on making sure those who had damage to property receive the assistance needed to make repairs and return their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,” Spano said in a statement.
As a result of the order, building, electrical, plumbing and sign permits filed with the Department of Housing and Buildings before Dec. 1 will not be charged a fee.
In order to qualify, residents must include with their permit application a notarized letter stating that the damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The Department of Housing and Buildings will inspect the damaged property prior to issuance of a permit.
Residents seeking a permit can submit an application by going online to www.yonkersny.gov and clicking on DOHB Sandy Damage Repair Permits, located at the top of the page; or by contacting the Department of Housing & Buildings at (914) 377-6500.