N. Hempstead OKs new permit laws on tents, solar panels

N. Hempstead OKs new permit laws on tents, solar panels
The North Hempstead Town Board recently approved two resolutions regarding tent permits and electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of the supervisor's office)

The North Hempstead Town Board unanimously approved two resolutions that temporarily suspend tent permit limits and authorizes the expedited review for solar installations and electric vehicle charging stations at their Feb. 7 meeting.

“We at the Town want to enhance our partnership with our local business communities in whatever ways we can,” Councilmember Peter Zuckerman said in a statement. “Giving businesses more space through the use of tents means they have the ability to serve more patrons. We want our residents shopping local as frequently as they can and we hope that this initiative proves beneficial for business owners.”

Businesses can now apply for a tent permit and install it for up to six months, which is the maximum allowed by state law. Without the resolution, permits would only be granted for a maximum of 15 days and a possible extension for another 15 days.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many local and national municipalities allowed restaurants and small businesses to extend their property to deal with social distancing. 

The second resolution passed now allows applications for solar energy panels and related equipment and electric vehicle charging stations to be expedited by the North Hempstead Building Department. Expedited permit applications will also be reviewed by the department within 14 business days. 

“This new law is a crucial step forward in our journey toward a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Councilmember Veronica Lurvey. “It is imperative that North Hempstead empowers its residents to go green and embrace clean energy solutions. We are proud to be at the forefront of this important change.”

The commitment to electric vehicle charging stations falls in line with the town’s previous investment in going green. In the 2023 capital plan approved in January, about $330,000 is committed to buying more electric vehicles and installing charging stations, among other things.

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