Before beginning new construction or repairs to property damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, Massachusetts residents are encouraged to consult with their local building officials to get any required permits, says FEMA.
"Obtaining building permits may be a necessary step for those with homes or businesses damaged from the storms," said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in a statement. "Residents who are rebuilding need to know that building permits are based on local codes and ordinances that are enforced by the individual's community."
Permits may be required for work repairing or replacing the roof, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical system, plumbing and heating/air conditioning systems. Renovation projects must meet community building codes and ordinances.
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