Q: Who will decide whether my home is to be demolished?
A: Parish officials said that in most cases property owners will decide. Professional
building inspectors will evaluate each property and report to the Parish Council
and administrators, who will recommend to the owner whether the property should
be demolished. All demolition will require permission from the property owner, unless
an owner is negligent in responding to attempts to reach the owner. Owners will
not have to wait for the inspection to start rebuilding, but must obtain necessary
Q: How will officials decide whether to recommend that a building be demolished?
A: Inspectors will evaluate the structural integrity of a property and will recommend
demolition for cases in which damage affected more than 50 percent of the structure
or when estimated repairs would cost more than 50 percent of the property's pre-Katrina
value. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will examine homes for hazardous
substances and contamination. The parish's recommendation will not consider the
EPA report, but officials will make it available to homeowners.
Q: Who will pay to demolish my property?
A: If the inspector's report recommends demolition and the owner concurs, the property
will be demolished at no cost to the owner. Parish contractors, paid by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, will do the job. The slab will then be evaluated; if
it is significantly damaged, the slab will be also removed with the house.
Q: Do I need to wait for an inspection before I start cleaning and gutting my
Q: I want to repair my home even if the government thinks I should demolish
it. What do I do?
A: You need to obtain appropriate building permits from the parish, and all repairs
will be required to follow current building standards and guarantee the structural
safety of the building. You should take pictures of every step of work during reconstruction.
If the property was affected by the oil spill at Murphy Oil, you should coordinate
any rebuilding activities with the company's claim center at 1 (877) 511-1006.
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