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Electrical Inspection Permit Fees Waived for Sandy Damages

The $46 inspection permit fee has been waived thanks to a deal with the state

Toms River officials have arranged with the state to have electrical inspection fees waived for barrier island properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Salt water from flooding has compromised the electrical systems in numerous homes in the area, including the Northern Beaches and Ortley Beach, according to the township. JCP&L will pull all meters to homes in the area and residents would have had to pay a $46 inspection permit fee before power to homes could be restored, but Toms River officials have worked out a deal to have that payment waived.

Under the deal orchestrated by Mayor Tom Kelaher and Councilwoman Maria Maruca, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will handle the inspections, rather than township employees.

"The good news is that we won't have to charge homeowners for the inspections," Kelaher said in a statement. "The DCA will be able to seek reimbursement from [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and try to recoup whatever costs they can, and then they will absorb the rest of the costs."

"I understand the need to replace the meters, but all of us on the governing body were opposed to having to charge our residents for this service. This was undue financial stress that I’m happy we were able to avoid," Maruca said in a statement. 

Refunds will be issued to mainland residents who recently had their meters inspected as a result of Sandy damage, according to the township. 

The Township Council last week waived construction permit fees through Feb. 28 for all properties damaged by Sandy. Fees already paid as of Oct. 30 will be refunded, according to the resolution. 

Some residents expressed concern online that electrical permit fees had not also been waived.

Those requiring an electrical inspection must request a permit and DCA will complete the inspection. JCP&L will then set the new meter, according to the township. 

To help expedite the process, Toms River's building inspection department will expanded its hours to 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. from Dec. 8 through Dec. 22. During that time, the department will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and will hold Saturday hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Halpha2 December 04, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Gonna go get a $46 bottle of jameson to celebrate!
Munson_15 December 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM
What do we have to do to get a refund for a permit that has already been paid for?
grace December 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
thanks for doing that maria...my question then would be if there was a charge could the red cross have paid it for the residents?
Walt Murren December 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
My Ocean Beach cottage had only 1/2to 3/4 inch of water get into the house. Well below the electrical outlets. Do i need to get a permit and where do i get it? I live in South Carolina.
barbara December 04, 2012 at 11:20 PM
what about homes in toms river? do we need a permit for electrical work? need to pay for it? inspections? anyone know?
Ajv December 05, 2012 at 12:46 AM
We r still drinking over here in the dark oh yeah!! Who needs power oh yeah!!!!
Susan Plump December 06, 2012 at 02:39 AM
OK so we wasted 45 minutes of our time this past Saturday lookingentor the building dept.because no one had the time to explain where it was, also was told they would be open this Saturday also. My time is extremely valuable because I only have so many hours of daylight to work. We have to travel form north jersey also. Someone needs inform the building department that the homeowners have experienced the most horrific thing in their live and deserve to be spoken to with courtsey and manners. We do not deserve to have our time wasted and have more stress put on us. They need to inform the public exactly what they need to do. NOT "I don't have time to answer any questions!" So, is t?he $46.00 waived for all of Toms River or only the Barrier Island? Who will come and inspect on Green Island, and will they in turn have JCP&L turn on the electric the same day....Also, give a telephone number of who will inspect if Toms River will not inspect and how long will this take. Can it all be done the same day? Sure would like an answer to this....
ed crowley December 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
The red tape is in full force.

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