In the wake of two devastating storms in recent weeks, Great Neck Village has adopted special Building Department procedures to assist residents and business owners needing to repair damage.
The village suffered extensive damage due to superstorm Sandy last week and a nor'easter this week which have left downed trees, power outages and damaged property in its wake.
Applications related to storm damage will receive high priority for review and approval, according to the release.
“Our goal is first to assist our residents and businesses after the horrendous storms and then to restore our beautiful and historic Village as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Ralph Kreitzman in a press release Friday. “The Village of Great Neck is our home, and we will continue to do everything to ensure that our community will thrive going forward. These procedures that we adopted are designed to expedite the community recovery process.”
According to the release, residents seeking to repair their homes due to minor storm damage have until Jan. 31 to file a temporary building permit application. If approved by limited review, building permit fees other than the standard filing fee will be waived.
In addition, property owners seeking to repair or reconstruct substantial structural damage or to make changes rather an “in kind” restoration will pay 50 percent of the building permit fee, plus filing fee, for the in kind restoration work.
In appropriate cases, property owners who complete and file the application to repair minor damage caused by Hurricane Sandy or this week's nor’easter will be issued a building permit with limited review. Photographic documentation citing all damage is required. For temporary building permits, repairs must be completed within 60 days of the issuance of the permit.
For more information regarding structural damage or tree removal, contact the Village Building Department at (516) 482-0019 or go online to the village website.