TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Tangipahoa Parish Government announced Friday, September 2, that they will be waiving permit fees for residents rebuilding after the historic flooding in August.
Parish President Robby Miller said building permits are required for all structural improvements in the parish, but local leaders are waiving those fees for anyone who elects to rebuild after the flood.
Permits are issued for many construction projects, including new buildings, additions to existing building, renovations, and residential improvements such as desks, garages, fences, and sheds. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work is also included.
Anyone who experienced damage in the flood and chooses to rebuild should file for a permit free of charge.
"This is just one way that Parish Government is helping our residents recover from this storm," said Miller.
While permit applications must be filed in person, the Tangipahoa Parish website offers plenty of information about what you need to do to file for a building permit. Due to flooding damage at the Amite Health Unit, permits are currently available in Hammond at the Mike Clausen Environmental Services Building on West Club Deluxe Rd.
"Your home is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with our community's building codes, the value of your investment could be reduced. Insurance companies also have specific requirements about improvements made to your home, and that's important when you need to file a claim. In the event you choose to sell your home, those same permits are good documents to have in recording the history of your property. So even though you won't be charged to file these permits, we encourage residents to take advantage of the permit process. I'm so proud of our Permit Office for spearheading this effort to help our residents who were inundated in the August flood," said Miller.