Permit Extensions in Response to COVID-19
With local governments operating at a reduced capacity, some builders may have issues obtaining permit extensions. The purpose of a permit extension is to alleviate some impact of the financial crisis on builders. The following is information about existing statutes in other states, what permits should be included and excluded and what the process for applying for extensions looks like.
New Hampshire has successfully implemented permit extensions due to the COVID-19 crisis. The New Hampshire Home Builders Association worked with Governor Chris Sununu (R) to place language in Emergency Order #23. Read more.
In April 2020, New Jersey Senate Bill 2346 was introduced in the Senate. The bill would create a new extension period under the “Permit Extension Act of 2008” that covers permits in existence during the period in which the COVID-19 public health emergency or state of emergency is in effect. The bill is working its way through the New Jersey legislature. Read more.
When Governor Ron DeSantis (R) issued Executive Order Number 20-51 on March 1, 2020, COVID-19 was designated as a public health emergency. Thus, not activating the tolling/extension statute. This leaves it to the cities and counties to decide if extensions will be granted. The Florida Home Builders Association has written Gov. DeSantis requesting he amend the executive order to designate COVID-19 as a “natural emergency.” Read more.