Town of Hilton Head Island building inspectors will conduct surveys of commercial and residential buildings to identify potential hazards and rate them using a series of colored cards, according to a town news release.
A green card means damage is minor or superficial and the building is safe to enter. Tasks like replacing broken glass, repairing roof tiles and replacing garage doors will not require permits from the town.
A yellow card indicates the building has more than minor damage and only partial entry or occupancy is allowed until repairs are made. Owners with a yellow card should contact the Emergency Permitting Office to get a permit before moving forward with repairs, the release said.
A red card means a building is seriously damaged, unsafe and should not be entered or occupied under any circumstance.
Damaged structures might be repaired or demolished, but a permit must be obtained from the Emergency Permitting Office before work begins, the release said.