A Storm Note From Inspection's
Living on the coast of North Carolina presents us all with many building challenge, but as Hurricane Matthew approaches our coast with much uncertainty, it reminds us why the Currituck County Inspection Department is so important to our community.
Experiences with these storms has taught our department that we are never sure of how much of an impact a hurricane will have on Currituck County until it's done and gone. The best thing citizens and contractors can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We ask that you take the time to make sure your jobsites are secured from debris; debris is a major contributor to property damages from a major storms.
Depending on the severity of Hurricane Matthew, Currituck County may have to suspend inspections in order to perform damage assessment, we will keep you informed if that decision is made and when we will resume normal operations.
This is also the first storm event for many of the inspection staff, for some it will be a valuable learning experience and we may have to strategically place staff to serve the needs of those affected the most by the storm. I ask for your patience and understanding during this time, hopefully we will not be impacted and we can conduct business as usual.
If you should have damages from Hurricane Matthew you can come into our offices or submit permitting forms online by using our Citizen Self Service website. If you decide to come into our offices, you can save some time by visiting our Central Permitting Forms section of this website and pre-fill your permits.
If you decide to use the online Citizen Self Service option you must first create an account and have that account approved in order to have access to online permits. If you have difficulty setting up your Citizen Self Service account take a few minutes to reference our Usage Guide. A few points to keep in mind when registering:
- After registering you must send an email to Bill Newns to approve your registration.
- After receiving an email confirming your registration you will be able to view the different building permits available and pay permit fees..
- After the storm the two permits you will most likely need are the Demolition Permit and Post Storm Damage Permit (repair permit).
If you have any problems please contact the Central Permitting office. I hope this information is useful and everyone fares well during this event.
Bill Newns, Chief Building Inspector