Legislation That Passed NC General Assembly Could Positively Impact Inspection Fees in Hurricane Hit Areas
Today the North Carolina General Assembly met to start the process of how the state would fund the recovery process from Hurricane Florence.
One item that was included was to allow the Governor to waive the Homeowners Recovery Fee that is paid as part of a building inspections. Many areas are waiving inspection fees but did not have the authority to waive that part of the fee.
The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local, or federal authorization.
WAIVER OF HOMEOWNERS RECOVERY FEE
SECTION 5.6.(a) Notwithstanding G.S. 87-15.6, the Governor may waive the fee assessed by city and county building inspectors and credited to the Homeowners Recovery Fund for the reimbursement of homeowners suffering reimbursable losses in constructing or altering a single-family residential dwelling unit. SECTION 5.6.(b) The waiver authorized under subsection (a) of this section only applies to residents of counties impacted by Hurricane Florence, as determined by the Governor. A permit applicant is allowed a refund of any fee assessed and collected by city and county building inspectors and waived pursuant to this section. A city or county subject to this section shall post notice of the availability of a refund on its Web site.
SECTION 5.6.(c) This section is effective when it becomes law and applies to applications for issuance of a permit subject to the Homeowners Recovery Fund fee that were received on or after September 13, 2018. This section expires December 31, 2018.
The Governor is expected to sign the bipartisan legislation so that it will then become law.