PA ID# 037-91075; Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety
DSR ID# 51690; Building Permit and Safety Inspection Cost
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, DSR 51690
Cross Reference: Northridge Earthquake, City of Los Angeles, Building Permit Program, Emergency Work versus Permanent Work, Time Extension
Summary: The Northridge Earthquake damaged or destroyed an estimated 93,000 structures in the City of Los Angeles. FEMA Director Witt authorized the payment of straight or regular time salaries of the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety's (subgrantee's) permanently employed personnel engaged in permit processing, and inspection tasks for buildings damaged or destroyed in the City of Los Angeles during the Northridge Earthquake. DSR 51690 was approved in the amount of $36,628,641 as Category G and included estimated labor costs associated with these tasks between January 17, 1994, and December 31, 1995. The subgrantee requested a time extension for the building permit program until January 17, 1997, and supplemental funding in the amount of $22.5 million. On August 3, 1995, OES approved the requested time extension. On November 2, 1995, FEMA determined that DSR 51690 should have been prepared as Category B because the work was required as an emergency measure; and the time extension and request for supplement were not eligible. The subgrantee submitted a first appeal and questioned FEMA's determination regarding the time extension and the change in Category from G to B. FEMA analyzed the subgrantee's appeal and found no evidence to justify the extension of DSR 51690 to January 17, 1997. Because DSR 51690 was mistakenly prepared as Category G, DSR 13500 was prepared to deobligate funding originally obligated under DSR 51690. DSR 15711 was prepared as Category B in the amount of $25.9 million, which represents the state's reported payment to the subgrantee. The subgrantee submitted a second appeal regarding the same issues as in the first appeal.
Are permitting and inspection costs eligible as Category G?
Is the requested time extension eligible?
No. Eligible permitting and inspection costs are associated only with emergency work activities and are to be classified as Category B.
No. OES does not have the authority to grant a time extension in this instance because time equals money, and OES does not have the authority to commit federal funding.
Rationale: Disaster-related building permit costs are funded as Category B for DR-1008. The Stafford Act authorizes FEMA alone to grant federal funds for disaster assistance.