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TONH: New Penalty-Free Phase to Correct Unauthorized Construction

The 18-month program runs through Dec. 31, 2013.

North Hempstead residents wishing to bring any up to code, take note. From July 2, 2012, through December 31, 2013, the is suspending penalty fees associated with unpermitted work.

The news comes after between officials of the Town of North Hempstead and its , and registered architects, professional engineers, building industry and real estate professionals.

In addition, North Hempstead’s board of trustees has adopted a series of new policies and practices that aim to replace several dated procedures that triggered unnecessary hardship and delays for residents when it came to filing applications and awaiting permits.

According to the town, the 18-month reconciliation program encompasses those requesting applications for building and plumbing permits to maintain construction, improvements and alterations that had been completed without first filing the required applications and having the work verified by a town inspector for code compliance.  Those with applications for “maintains” that are currently pending in the building department will also be eligible to participate in the reconciliation program.

“The temporary reconciliation program combined with the revamped codes is aimed at one primary goal, keeping our residents safe,” Supervisor Kaiman said, in a statement. “We urge residents to take advantage of this one-time opportunity to bring unauthorized improvements and renovations up to code.”

Officials say that under this program, applications to maintainunauthorized improvements that would normally be subjected to a fee equaling four times the amount noted in the town’s fee schedule, would now be subject to the regular permit fee.

In addition to the reconciliation program, the town board has implemented several changes to make it easier for both residents and businesses to conduct business with the building department.  For instance, the town has amended the code to remove the need for an applicant to submit an updated survey when the proposed work only involves an interior renovation that does not change the footprint of the structure.

According to the town, new changes will be introduced in the next several months.

For more information call 311.

Jason July 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Its nice to see Mr. Kaiman took some Advise from Lee Tu, and is going to try to fix the Broken Building Dept.......
Nassau Taxpayer July 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
That being what? Clog up an already backlogged office even more? Brilliant.
David sanders July 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Kaiman has no influence or credibility with the building Department , no one in building department listens to him He is only been fixing the building department for past six Years great job Joni boy
Angela H. September 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I've been waiting for my permits for over 1/2 a year now; with no issues with the paperwork filed. What does this article mean in real concrete terms for dates, costs of permits, etc. for the people waiting for their permits? I bought my house with a finished basement; as far as I know have been paying taxes on it since the day I bought the house 5 years ago -- frankly I consider that "penalty" enough as a home owner! But because I am doing main floor renovations, in Jan. I was told that my finished basement was never legal! I had a choice of tearing it out or filing for it to be brought up to code. The work itself will cost me $20,000 mainly due to the egress for the basement. So I won't get charged a penalty for a transgression I had no knowledge of, but if you study the website for the building department, you cannot find an actual "town fee schedule" to begin with for the permits themselves. Worst of all, no one has been able to give me an answer of what is the average time it takes to issue permits. I'm waiting for my main floor permits and basement permit, with absolutely no clue on what is "reasonable timing" (as stated in the building department site), and "fee schedule".
Arguendo September 02, 2012 at 09:58 PM
A six month delay is punitive. Seems the ToNH Building Department is still dysfunctional. if no objection or other reply is received within 30 days of application filing and payment (and there ought to be a published fee schedule), said application ought to be deemed approved. That ought to tighten up the review process, pronto.

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