CONCORD, N.H. –¡¡New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials remind residents and business owners to get the appropriate building permits before beginning any repair work on property damaged by storms and flooding in September.
"The use of the local building permit process helps ensure that the consumer receives not only code compliant repairs that they are paying for, but they end up with a safe home to live in," said State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan.
Other information to keep in mind:
· Properties within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) will require a permit from local officials for repair or replacement;
· Permits may be required for any storm-damaged property, regardless of location, 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 municipal and state building codes and ordinances;
· Permits assure residents and communities that all proposed work complies with current codes, standards, flood ordinances and recommended construction techniques;
· Local and state agencies can provide suggestions and information on how to protect homes or businesses from future disaster-related damages;
· Local and state agencies also may provide consumers with information on selecting licensed contractors and with advice on protecting themselves from unscrupulous contractors.
Neither FEMA nor the state of New Hampshire recommend or endorse any contractors. Officials warn people to be wary of any contractors who claim they are authorized by federal or state agencies. They are not.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards