County waives permit fees for disaster-related renovations, makes recommendations to residents

County waives permit fees for disaster-related renovations, makes recommendations to residents

Jefferson County is requiring development permits in unincorporated areas, those outside city limits, and the county is waiving permit fees for disaster-related renovations.

According to a Sept. 26 news release from the Jefferson County Environmental Control Department, development permits are required for all reconstruction/repairs performed due to Hurricane Harvey. This permit will allow them to check flood zones to ensure compliance with FEMA regulations.

The Jefferson County Commissioners Court previously approved an order waiving permit fees for renovations due to hurricane damage as a result of the declared state of disaster.

Homeowners not in a floodplain may remove damaged sheetrock, carpet and insulation before getting permits. However, please document damage, including how high the water was in the home and accessory structures.

If your house is in a floodplain, the Environmental Control Department encourages removal of carpeting, furniture and belongings, but warns that repairs could require a special inspection before a permit may be issued. If you are not sure if your home is in a floodplain, please contact the department at (409) 719-5910.

Electrical service reconnections to your building will continue to need to be approved by Environmental Control. 

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