VB residents can have building permit fees waived for storm-related repairs

Shore Drive in Virginia Beach is flooded near the entrance to First Landing State Park on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, following Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: WAVY/Bill Cole)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Virginia Beach says 253 residents who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew have received building permits free of charge.

The deadline to apply for permits and have fees waived is December 9.

To date, more than $20,000 in fees have been waived for repairs to fences, sheds, siding, roofing, docks, electrical wiring and screen enclosures as well as HVAC equipment replacement.

A permit is typically good for six months. Required inspections can reset the clock. Staff will help homeowners in determining needed approvals.

To be eligible for the fee waiver, applications must verify that the request is a direct result of damage cause by Matthew, along with a site plan for fences, sheds, screen enclosures and docks. Acceptable documentation includes either an insurance evaluation or the application for damage assistance, which is available at www.vbgov.com/stormupdate.

The city is trying to expedite hurricane-related permits. Call Permits and Inspections at 757-385-4211 to learn more about how to apply for a permit.