GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES MORATORIUM ON PERMIT FEES FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE RELATED DAMAGE CONSTRUCTION/REFUNDS AVAILABLE
In addition to appropriating disaster relief funds, Section 5.16 of the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act (Senate Bill 3) adopted by the General Assembly on October 15th imposes a moratorium on fees associated with permits, inspections, or certificates of occupancy for any commercial or residential projects involving construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of manufactured homes, buildings, dwellings, or other structures damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. The moratorium applies to fees charged by the NC Department of Insurance as well as cities and counties designated under a Hurricane Florence major Presidential disaster declaration. [Even in declared jurisdictions, the moratorium does not apply to projects not directly related to damage resulting from Hurricane Florence.] SB3 imposed the building and inspection fee moratorium retroactive to September 13, 2018, and extends the moratorium until June 30, 2019. Individuals already charged a fee for building permits, inspections, or certificates of occupancy on or after September 13th for repair or demolition work described above directly related to Hurricane Florence in declared jurisdictions are entitled to a refund of that fee. Requests for refunds of fees as outlined above may be completed at the Sampson County Inspections and Planning Office, 405 County Complex Road, Bldg B, Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 5:30 pm. Requestors must certify that the fees paid were for projects directly related to damages sustained as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. For more information, contact Sampson County Inspections and Planning Office at (910) 592-0146. This also pertains to septic tank and water well inspection fees paid for projects directly related to damages sustained as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. For more information or to request a refund for septic tank and water well inspection fees, please contact the Environmental Health Office at (910) 592-4675.