Carolina Beach Reinstates Construction Time Limits

Carolina Beach Reinstates Construction Time Limits

Carolina Beach Reinstates Construction Time Limits Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 11 December 2018 15:00

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach eased restrictions on hours of operation for construction following Hurricane Florence in September to allow people additional time to make repairs to their homes and businesses.

On December 5th, the Town reinstated those limitations.

Under the Town's "Noise Control Ordinance" noise from construction activities is permitted from 7AM to 6PM on weekdays and between the hours of 9AM and 5PM on Saturday. No work on Sundays.

According to Town Building Inspector Darrel Johnson, the Town will continue to waive permit fees for emergency building repair permits related to Hurricane Florence through December 31st, 2018. He explained, "Normal renovations, additions, or new construction that are not associated with storm damages will be charged their normal building permit fee."

The Town began cracking down on contractors in October of last year for violating an ordinance that restricts the hours contractors can operate in order to control noise in residential areas.

Since that time, officials say the situation has improved throughout Town, but they are still answering complaints and officers continue to give warnings and issue $250 citations for violations.

The ordinance governing "Noise" from construction activity states, "Such work is prohibited on Sunday for which building permits have been issued, or construction operations not requiring permits due to ownership of the project by an agency of government; provided all equipment is operated in accord with the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard mufflers and noise reducing equipment in use and in proper operating condition. Any exceptions to this provision must comply with the process and procedure by which permits to exceed limits may be obtained."

Last year Town officials urged the public to call the Police if they hear hammers and power saws after hours.

When calling the 911 Center, the public is urged to use the non-emergency number at 910-452-6120. That number is used for “urgency without emergency."

Under the Town's Code of Ordinances, there's a Criminal penalty. In addition to, or in lieu of, such civil penalties or other remedies, violation of that article shall constitute a misdemeanor pursuant to North Carolina General Statute G.S. 14-4 and 160-175, and is punishable for each violation by a fine of up to $500.00.


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