Find A “Stop Work” Order On Your Door? Here’s Why.

Pearland officials want to chat with homeowners before they begin Harvey repairs

The City of Pearland issued 380 “Stop Work” orders mid-March in an effort to meet with residents and discuss FEMA’s “substantial damage” rules before Harvey-related home repairs began. The city’s Department of Engineering posted the orders at resident’s homes after sending out mailers in October 2017 and February 2018.

"We made some more headway in that February letter but we started hearing that residents were rebuilding," said Robert Upton, Director of Engineering and Capital Projects for the City of Pearland. Upton says many residents that had begun repair efforts were doing so without permits.

Upton said the department issued the “Stop Work” orders to ensure compliance with permitting rules. In order to receive a permit, homeowners would have to meet with the city’s engineers. However, some homeowners who already received permits were also notified to stop work on their homes, causing confusion. Upton says his department is working to correct the error.

"We inadvertently missed a few of them as we went through this process and so we immediately dealt with those residents," Upton said. In an email, Upton wrote that the city has issued 141 approvals for permits since the notices went out.

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