Residents around Bluffton may notice green, yellow or red tags on their home after the town’s Building and Safety Staff completed a damage assessment of structures following Hurricane Matthew.
A green card indicates some minor damage was observed and a permit is not necessary for minor repairs to begin immediately. Such work includes broken windows, damaged railings or missing siding, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.
Yellow or red cards indicate more serious damage has happened. Those cards will have more detailed information concerning necessary repairs, the release said.
A permit is required for repairs to homes with yellow or red cards. However, the emergency permitting process was modified to allow “like for like” replacing and repairing to a pre-storm condition, the release said.
Residents are encouraged to bring pre-storm photos, as-built drawings and previously approved plans or permits with them when applying for emergency permits.
If no card is present, it means there was either no damage or none was visible at the time of the inspection.
Anyone with questions or who wishes to confirm their property’s inspection status can contact the Town’s Growth Management Department at 843-706-4592 or Director Heather Colin at 843-540-6946 and firstname.lastname@example.org.