City of Fremont Issues More Information, Clarification About Inspections, Rebuilding

City of Fremont Issues More Information, Clarification About Inspections, Rebuilding
Photo credit: Jeremy Davis, Fremont

Fremont, NE – 3/21/2019 – This information has been enhanced over the last 24 hours.  The process has not changed but in an effort to answer questions, additional information has been provided.

Building Department Flood Inspection Protocol

Properties located in a floodplain must have a damage assessment conducted by the City of Fremont. Before doing any repair work, the building must be assessed to evaluate the extent of the damage. This is required by the City’s flood plain regulations, the State Statute and federal law.

The building department is going door to door to inspect homes that have been affected by the flooding.  They will do an inspection of the home and issue a colored placard as shown and described below.

If inspectors are unable to gain access to the interior of a home or business, they will leave a note on the door with instructions on how to contact the building department.

The City of Fremont’s inspectors are working as quickly as possible to systematically assess properties that were impacted by the flood.  They have requested assistance from other agencies to expedite this process.  They hope to complete all homes and businesses within the Fremont city limits by Monday, March 25, 2019.  They will then start evaluating properties in the two-mile extra territorial jurisdiction.

City of Fremont – Flood Damage Assessment Protocol

Green Placard: Home or business is safe and Habitable!

 

  • No obvious structural damage.
  • The furnace, water heater, and electrical panel have NOT been exposed to floodwater.

Please note that a green placard does not mean you will not need a building permit. Building permits are still required for these types of repairs:

  • Outlets (receptacles)
  • Gas piping
  • Air-conditioner

If you are unsure if a building permit is required, please call us at 402-727-2636.

 

Yellow Placard: Home or business has Limited Entry and is Habitable!

  • No significant structural damage (i.e. slight bowing of wall(s) or foundation damage).
  • The electric panel has NOT been exposed to floodwater, so electric service will remain connected.
  • The furnace and/or water heater have been exposed to floodwater, so natural gas service will be disconnected.

Please note that a yellow placard does not mean you will not need a building permit. Building permits are still required for these types of repairs:

  • Furnace, water heater, or air-conditioner
  • Outlets (receptacles)
  • Gas piping
  • Structure/foundation and siding

If you are unsure if a building permit is required, please call the City of Fremont at 402-727-2636.

 

Red Placard: Home or business is UNSAFE and Inhabitable!

  • Significant structural damage of wall(s) or foundation damage.
  • The electric panel service has been exposed to floodwater, so electric service will be disconnected.
  • The furnace and/or water heater have been exposed to floodwater, so natural gas service will be disconnected.

A red placard WILL require a building permit before repairs can be started. 

What’s next for a flood damaged property?

These are the steps to follow from flood damage to rebuilding:

1) After flood damage, a City of Fremont Building Code assessment occurs. This is when you receive your green, yellow or red placard.

  • An assessment is essential to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and ensures the City is eligible for Federal assistance.

2) Property owner must get estimates to repair ALL flood damage to bring the structure into compliance with building and floodplain regulations (per CFR44 60.3c guidelines) by either submitting:

  • a. A quote for repairs from a registered contractor, or
  • b. A list of itemized materials and related labor costs if the work is being done by the property owner.

3) After you have estimates for repairs, obtain the pre-flood market value of the structure (either County assessed value or a certified appraisal from a licensed appraiser)

  • If estimated repairs exceed fifty-percent (50%) of the assessed or certified appraised value, the structure cannot be repaired.

Only after steps 2 and 3 have been completed:

4) Schedule an appointment with the City of Fremont Building Department for a second assessment to be sure proposed repairs will bring the structure into compliance with building and floodplain codes.  Contact the City of Fremont Building Department. Come to the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building at 400 East Military or call 402-727-2638.

5) Submit your application for City permits including fee due for your building permit type.

6) After approval, rebuilding may begin.

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