TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remind residents and business owners to get the appropriate building permits before beginning any work on their property damaged by Hurricane Ike.
“We can not emphasize more how important it is for residents and business owners with storm-damaged property to check with their local municipality’s building departments before repairing, rebuilding or elevating,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “Start your repairs only after receiving all the required permits.”
Permits may be required for work on removing or replacing the roof, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical system, plumbing, heating or air conditioning and elevating structures. Repair projects must meet community building codes and ordinances.
“By issuing these permits, cities, towns and counties can ensure that construction complies with applicable codes for safety and future storm resistance,” added Hurricane Ike Recovery Manager Brad Harris. “Residents who are rebuilding need to know that permits are based on local codes and ordinances that are enforced locally, not by FEMA."
- Permits assure residents and communities that all proposed work complies with current codes, standards, flood ordinances and recommended construction techniques;
- Local permit offices can provide suggestions and information on how to protect your home or business from future disaster-related damages; and
- Permit offices may also provide consumers with information on selecting licensed contractors and with advice on protecting themselves from unscrupulous contractors.
Obtaining proper permits is especially important for structures located in Special Flood Hazard Areas, also known as regulatory floodplains. When repairing and rebuilding in these areas, local floodplain management regulations must be followed. Building owners who decide to rebuild may need to elevate or retrofit their structures or change them in some way to comply and to avoid future flood losses.
For more information, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
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