The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a general permit for the reconstruction of city homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which will allow homes that were “red tagged” for demolition by the Department of Buildings to be built in the same general footprint and waives application fees.
The permit, which will be in effect until Oct. 31, also authorizes the rebuilding of smaller structures, such as garages, sheds, pools and fences destroyed by Sandy.
But the DEC says the permit will not cover rebuilding in coastal erosion hazard areas, which includes nearly all of the Rockaway Peninsula, where many houses were destroyed. The Queens CEHA does not include Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach and Howard Beach.
The agency said residents who are seeking to rebuild homes in the Rockaways should contact the Region 2 regional permit administrator at dec.ny.gov/about/39381.html to apply for an individual permit for reconstruction.
More information on the general permit and instructions can be found at the DEC’s website: dec.ny.gov/permits/89343.html.