LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Codes Division will operate through the weekend to service constituents in need of construction permits and inspections for rebuilding after last week’s flood event.
A representative of the Codes Division will be available at the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St., Bld. B., from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21.
Regular hours for obtaining permits and inspections will resume on Monday, Aug. 22.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux waived the standard fee required to purchase permits for repairs and construction. Any construction or repair work will still require inspection by the Codes Division. The fee waiver will remain in effect until the expiration of the current state of emergency or earlier termination by an executive order.
With increasing cleanup efforts, property owners within the City of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of the parish are reminded to purchase the proper permits for flood damage repair and reconstruction. It may be safe for individuals to begin some demolition, including removing damaged sheetrock and insulation. However, before any repair work begins, such as replacement of sheetrock, the Codes Division must be contacted at 337-291-8461 for permitting and inspection as necessary. In most cases a minimal residential repair permit is all that is required. Substantially damaged homes will be subject to additional requirements and permitting.
For more information on applying for a flood damage repair permit, including a Flood Damage Permitting Packet, visit http://www.lafayettela.gov/Pages/Disaster-Recovery.aspx .
Citizens who have experienced flood damage should follow the tips below to document the loss to property, as well as tips to rebuild:
Anyone impacted by flooding should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362)
- Be prepared to provide the name of property owner, address of damaged property, if the property is covered by flood insurance, the amount of water in the building and approximate cost to repair to pre-flood condition.
- If you currently have flood insurance, contact your insurance company for guidance on filing a claim
- Take photos of all damage to property prior to repairs or cleanup
- Save all receipts for work done and all materials purchased
- Use only state licensed and registered contractors for any repairs
- For repair or reconstruction within the City of Lafayette and unincorporated parts of the parish, obtain permits prior to starting work. Contact the LCG Codes Division at 337-291-8464 for assistance
For more information on the Codes Division visit www.lafayettela.gov/pzd/codes.