ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish residents and business owners who experienced flood damage are getting some help if they need a building permit.
Parish President Kenny Matassa said those who have work that will require a permit will have the charge for it waived.
"It was brought to my attention that the Louisiana Homebuilders Association claims we are waiving only electrical permit fees. We will be waiving all permit fees for those with flood damage," Matassa said.
Jerome Fournier, the parish's planning and development director, said that if a resident or business owner will not need a permit if they are simply replacing drywall or doing minimal work that would not require a permit in the first place.
"If you've had flood damage and you have work to do that does require a permit, there will be no charge for that permit or inspection," Fournier said.
According to building official Lavern Bourgeois, the types of work that will require a permit for which the charge will be waived include reconstruct building (if reconstruction), structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
"If they are making substantial changes to the floor plan, they will need a plan review," Fournier said. "Also, if a permit is required we will need to inspect the work performed to that permit. These requirements are for the safety of our homeowners and residents."
Fournier added that any new construction in the parish or any construction to a structure that was greatly damaged in the flooding will have to get an elevation certificate regardless of the flood zone.
Officials said residents or business owners with any questions regarding permits, certificates or inspections should call the parish's Planning and Development Department at (225) 450-1002.