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Denham Springs residents might need permit for repairs, parish extends permit dept. hours

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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

People in Denham Springs who will be rebuilding their flooded homes will likely need permits before they can start anything. 

Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry said 90 percent of the homes in the city took on water. He estimated half of all those people did not have insurance. 

However, now officials said after people finish gutting and cleaning their homes out, they need to know how much water their home took on in order to figure out if they need a permit before they can begin repairing their homes. 

"If you got less than 18 inches of water here in the city of Denham Springs, we're not going to require you to have a permit to go back and do repairs," said Rick Foster, the city's building official. "Anything over 18 inches of water in the dwelling, in the building, we definitely need you to come in and get a permit. We need you to pull a permit. We've got those available online."

Also, anyone planning to make any changes to their homes or add-ons when they begin the repair process, that too needs to go through city hall. 

Click here for a list of permits available on the city's website

Note: They are listed under the Planning & Development section.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said due to the extensive damage from flooding and the need for permitting, the Livingston Parish Permit Department will be open on Friday (August 26), Saturday (August 27) and Sunday (August 28) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He also said additional office and field staff are on hand to help accommodate the public and make the process as timely as possible. He added all permit fees are waived.

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