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Hurricane Harvey Permits. Rumor v Truth

I got a call this morning from a Tram Road resident who had questions about what is required to start rebuilding his home.  He had heard he had to have a "Dry Certificate".  

It is a RUMOR!

Neither Jefferson or Orange County are requiring a "Dry Certificate" or "Mold Inspection" to get a building permit.  This is a screen shot from the City of Beaumont, Texas Disaster and Recovery information page.

Harvey permit info

You can access the City of Beaumont Disaster and Recovery Page HERE.     You can access the Orange County Permit Page HERE.

Both Orange and Jefferson County are allowing the Homeowner to act as their own general contract for Hurricane Harvey related repairs.  Both Counties have waived the fee for permits. 


Before you rebuild hire a local reputable company to come out and take moisture readings for you.  There are several local home inspectors who are offering this service for around $300-$400.  The moisture level in your studs should be below 15% before you put drywall back up.  

No County requires this moisture test but if and when you ever sell your home a potential buyer will want to see it.  It will be well worth the $300-$400 when it comes time to sell your home.  If you need the name of a local inspector who can do the moisture test contact me.  





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