Spring Flood Affects Building Permits

Wed August 05, 2009 - Midwest Edition

FARGO, N.D. (AP) People living along the Red River in the Fargo area might find it harder to get a building permit, after last spring’s flooding.

City staff are reviewing permits for homes and remodeling projects as part of a moratorium approved by the City Commission.

Officials are working to ensure that construction won’t take place on lots that need to be purchased for flood protection projects, or have unsafe conditions such as slumping soil.

Inspections Administrator Ron Strand said the standards are higher for new construction than for repairs, though remodeling could be put on hold if it raises the value of a home too much.