Tell Us: Penalty Fee Suspension

Will you take advantage of this program?

The  is suspending penalty fees associated with unpermitted work. What's more, it has revamped procedures that triggered unnecessary hardship and delays for residents when it came to filing applications and awaiting permits.

The program extends through Dec. 31, 2013. 

With penatlies lifted, do you plan to bring any unauthorized improvements and renovations in your home up to code? Tell us in the comments. 

Ben July 11, 2012 at 04:44 PM
TONH Building Permits have been around from the 1940s and untill the early 1990s most all residents and contractors ignored the need for a permit. I had enclosed a porch used a contractor who many of my neighbors had used who did the job with no permit and the new addition of electric and plumbing "load" had invalidated the Certificate of Occupancy on the house. In 2004 the market was booming and I was ready to sell and so I had to clean up this mess in order to sell the home. I paid total of just $3K for an architect to create plans and fines to TONH not a lot of money in view of the astronomical profit made on that house it was pennies in the big picture. And there was no way around this with no C of O a home may not be sold a buyer is not able to get finacing without a C of O. And the woman at the TONH was great she was competant and polite in between her cigarettes I bet that she has retired. The new group at the TONH Building Department the storefront office on Plandome Road are a bunch of men who act like women ask dozens of irrelevent questions and gossip a group of silly queens work here now who are paid to excercise a myriad of inefficeincies and delay tactics that frustrate residents of the TONH.
Gavin Pike July 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
This is a step in the right direction by the Town and, if properly implimented, will go a long way to repairing the current lack of trust most homeowners now feel, when it comes to dealing with the builing department. There need to be clear definitions, consistently applied: for example, when is a basement a "finished" basement. When it has the walls and ceiling and floor 'covered', so that it can be used for storage. At what stage does there have to be a second exit, for a basement to be legal 'living' space? Logically, when there is a bedroom and bathroom for safety reasons, but just for storage, or as an office, surely not?
David sanders July 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
How does anyone expect a different result ,when the same Inept ,idiots ,are running the same old asylum ,they like to call the "Building Department "?????
Dawn Andrew July 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Wonder if there will be an increased tax bill to the homeowner after all of the work is reported.
Joseph Mirzoeff July 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
It is about time that homeowners on Long Island have a tax strike. Paying peoples salaries, benefits, and pensions for being obnoxious and unaccountable is ridiculous. All they understand is money. We need actions, because we the citizenry have become the targets of people who manipulate laws and elections -- and it is both political parties. I just read in AAA magazine about those traffic light cameras -- they raised $27 million for Nassau County last year. This is what the Nassau Legislature thinks serving the public is.


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