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State Legislation Allow Town of Clayton to Refund Permit Fees Related to Hurricane Florence Damage


If you paid Town of Clayton permit fees for work to a building that was damaged as a result of Hurricane Florence, you are eligible for a refund for those fees.

The recently passed North Carolina Senate Bill 3 - 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act - specifies that permit fees paid for construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of a manufactured home, building, dwelling, or structure damaged by the storm are to be refunded upon request. The offer expires December 31, 2018.

The NC General Assembly passed the NC Hurricane Relief Act (Session Law 2018-136, Senate Bill 3, Third Extra Session 2018) on October 15, 2018 for those impacted by Hurricane Florence. The legislation waives the permit and inspection fees for manufactured homes, buildings, dwellings or structure damage in counties deemed as disaster areas.  

SECTION 5.16. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for any single commercial or residential project, the Department of Insurance, counties, and cities shall not impose any fee associated with a permit, inspection, or certificate of occupancy required by law for construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of a manufactured home, building, dwelling, or structure damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Florence.

SECTION 5.16. (b) The moratorium provided in subsection (a) of this section applies in North Carolina counties designated under a major disaster declaration by the President of the United States under the Stafford Act (P.L. 93-288) as a result of Hurricane Florence. A person is allowed a refund of any fee assessed and collected that is subject to the moratorium imposed by this section. The Department of Insurance, counties, and cities shall post a notice of the availability of a refund on their Web sites.

SECTION 5.16. (c) This section is effective when it becomes law and applies to applications for issuance of a permit dated on or after September 13, 2018. This section expires December 31, 2018.

To request a refund, call the Town of Clayton at 919-553-5001 and ask for Karen Durham in the Engineering and Inspections Department.

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