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Mar 3, 2010 12:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town building department records decline in permit applications

Mar 3, 2010 12:05 PM

The Southampton Town Building Department brought in more money than expected in 2009, though the final figure was still less than what has been collected in previous years, according to the town’s chief building inspector.

The Southampton Town Building Department collected about $2.4 million in fees and permits last year, more than $158,000 than it was projected to haul in, Michael Benincasa told Town Board members while presenting his department’s annual report during a work session last Thursday, February 25.

There were 3,229 permits given out by the building department in 2009, compared to 4,436 in 2008, according to the report. Building department officials were still able to make money despite the drop in permits by going after the thousands of applicants that had expired electric and building permits, according to Mr. Benincasa.

Building permit renewals increased from 2,071 in 2008 to 2,705 in 2009, and electric permit renewals increased from 117 in 2008 to 1,479 in 2009. The fees charged for permits and renewals are the same, and the amount depends on the size and scope of a project.

Hallie martin

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No surprise that electric permit renewals increased 1265% y/y given the Department's nice little scam of hiding old permits that may or may not have gone through the entire process to FINAL and CofC issued. It's a complete scandal that these very old and "open" permits didn't exist when new homeowners checked to make sure there were no open permits in their property file upon purchasing their homes only to find out years later that there were indeed open permits from the previous owners. The response, ...more
By sirpoochala (78), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 10 5:18 PM
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