Morristown waives permit fees for Sandy damage

Morristown is waiving construction permit fees for home repairs related to Hurricane Sandy storm damage, Mayor Tim Dougherty announced on Tuesday.

Here is the Mayor’s statement.

FROM MORRISTOWN MAYOR TIM DOUGHERTY:

To All Morristown Residents,

Waiving of Building Department Permit Fees

Due to extent of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and the damage left in its path, the Town of  Morristown is going to waive any and all Building Department “Construction Code” permit fees that are associated with any damage caused by the storm. This would include, but would not be limited to, any building, electrical and/or plumbing permits that are required due to a tree falling onto and damaging the structure, electrical service entrance or gas meter.

Visit the JCP&L Guidance Document link below, titled “Tips for Customers Requesting Service Reconnections” which provides information regarding the “construction code” permit process if JCP&L determines that the property does not have a functioning electrical service entrance or if the electrical meter was removed due to severe damage or flooding.

 https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/outages_help/Sandy/other_service_related_issues.html

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty surveys a neighbor's storm damage during Hurricane Sandy on Monday. The Mayor credited Gov. Chris Christie with strong leadership in the runup to the storm.Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty surveying a neighbor's storm damage during Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

In other cases, significant tree impact to the home/structure may necessitate building code permits to ensure that the corrective work performed to repair or replace structural roof framing members is done in conformance with applicable construction code requirements. Insurance companies may also require these permits to ensure that the replacement work successfully corrects the damage that may have occurred to a structural framing component. Lastly, the permit will also document the scope of work done to correct the damage and will serve as a historic document for future reference.

It is understood that certain work must be done immediately, and therefore the permit may be submitted after the work is done per the NJ Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23) as “Emergency Work”. If you have any questions regarding your home, or to determine if permits are required or not, please do not hesitate to call the Building Department at 973-292-6712.

Construction code permit fees will not be charged by the Building Department for any permit that is submitted to address damage associated with Super Storm Sandy. Consistent with the “Emergency Work” provisions, no penalty or violation will be issued for any work that has already been done. We want to ensure that any work that is/was done complies with the current construction and safety codes.

 You may also fax (973-2926734) or call (973-292-6712) the Building Department to let the Town know where the work is being done (or was done) so the Town will know to expect and expedite any permit related work regarding your property.

Sincerely,

Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty



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