Port Chester is continuing a discussion Monday night on whether to offer new incentives in its building permit amnesty program.
The program aims to give property owners a streamlined and less costly process for straightening out their building records. Fully the majority of properties have either no valid certificate of occupancy or incomplete permits, according to the village. And that has triggered an outcry: Homeowners say they are being unfairly caught up in a sweeping crackdown on fire safety, code compliance and faulty records, often because of paperwork problems that date back to before they bought their homes. Property owners are enduring months of delays and Building Department paperwork when they attempt to sell or refinance property, and want to see the village focus on multifamily homes instead. (Read about the crackdown here.)
One proposal is to allow for a less costly “self-certification” of home alterations that were made without a completed permit. The village board plans to reopen a hearing at 7 p.m. in the village courtroom. (The agenda will be posted here.)
To address the Building Department backlog, the village board voted 4-1 Thursday to take $113,000 from contingency funds to hire two interns and buy software that will help track inspections and complaints.