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For Release: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DEC Issues General Permit for Reconstruction of Homes Destroyed By Hurricane Sandy in NYC

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a General Permit for the reconstruction of homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in New York City, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"New York City continues to recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy," Commissioner Martens said. "As Governor Cuomo has said, when New York rebuilds, we need to rebuild in a smarter way so we do not see the same kind of extensive damage in the future. This general permit will allow homeowners to move forward and reconstruct their properties."

The General Permit authorizes reconstruction of homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and 'red-tagged' for demolition by the New York City Department of Buildings. The permit will allow owners of red-tagged homes near tidal and freshwater wetlands to rebuild their houses in the same general footprint, and will be in effect until October 31, 2013. Application fees will be waived.

The permit also authorizes the rebuilding of smaller structures, such as garages, sheds, pools and fences destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

The permit does not cover rebuilding in coastal erosion hazard areas (CEHA), which are zones typically located near the shoreline. For information about rebuilding homes in these areas, contact the Region 2 Regional Permit Administrator to apply for an individual permit to rebuild the house.

Contact information for the DEC Region 2 office can be found on the DEC website.

To learn more about the use of the general permit and instructions to help you apply, visit the DEC website.

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