Posted on October 12, 2022
Myrtle Beach City Council waived building permit fees during Tuesday’s meeting for businesses repairing damages after Hurricane Ian.
This means that property owners won’t have to pay a permit fee to fix hurricane damage, but they will still need to apply for and receive a building permit to make sure the work is performed correctly.
The city’s preliminary estimates show that public and private properties in Myrtle Beach took on over $2.6 million in damage from Hurricane lan last week.
According to city officials, private homes and businesses received an estimated $1.6 million in damages whereas city properties received $1.1 million in damages.
Myrtle Beach City spokesperson Mark Kruea said overall the city wasn’t hit as hard, but to continue repairing damages as quickly as possible they’re looking to waive the fees for city businesses.
“If you got damage from the hurricane whether it’s a broken window, damaged fence, a roof missing, we will not charge you the building permit fee,” said Kruea. “We still want the permit to make sure everything is done correctly, but we’ll waive the fee so that you can repair those damages at the least expense.”
This exception, he said, will be allowed for 30 days. Fees will be based on the amount of money the repairs come to per business.
The city council has not finalized these efforts. Kruea said more information is expected to come.