Residents save more than $20,000 in hurricane repair fees

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Virginia Beach homeowners have saved more than $20,000 on building permit fees, which are required to make home-related repairs following Hurricane Matthew.

Virginia Beach homeowners have saved more than $20,000 on building permit fees, which are required to make major home repairs following Hurricane Matthew.

Thanks to an ordinance passed by the city council in October, 253 Virginia Beach residents have collectively saved $20,000 on the building permits required to make Hurricane Matthew-related repairs, the city announced Tuesday.

All homeowners are eligible to apply for building permits, without paying the associated fees, until the deadline on Dec. 9, which will mark 60 days after the hurricane hit the region.

Applicants must provide a site plan for fences, sheds, screen enclosures and docks, as well as verification that the request is a direct result of damage sustained by Hurricane Matthew. Acceptable documentation includes either an insurance evaluation or the application for damage assistance available at www.vbgov.com/stormupdate.

Property owners or contractors licensed with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Contractors may obtain the permit. A permit is typically good for six months and required inspections can reset the clock.

To apply for a permit or for more information, contact Permits & Inspections at 757-385-4211.

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