New Hanover County Updates for Hurricane Florence Recovery


Debris Collection and Fee Update
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2018) – (RealEstateRama) — New Hanover County has collected 877,551 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 32,323 cubic yards of construction debris in the unincorporated areas of the county as of Wednesday, November 7. The first pass of debris collection is still underway, and the second pass is expected to begin after Thanksgiving. County residents are encouraged to place their storm-related debris at the curb away from power lines, utility meters and fire hydrants for collection. Demolition and vegetative debris piles must be kept separate to be collected. Paper bags with debris will be collected, but plastic bags will not be picked up.

Residents also have the option of bringing separated debris to the landfill at 5210 Highway 421 North in Wilmington. The landfill is open Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-noon. Beginning Monday, November 12, the landfill will begin collecting disposal fees again at $30 per ton for vegetative debris and $48 per ton for demolition debris. Additional information, including a progress map of debris collection, can be viewed at

Hurricane Repairs & Permits
Emergency residential building repairs on a single family residences do not require a permit if the cost is $15,000 or less. However, a permit for electrical, mechanical and/or plumbing work will be required, per the state building code. Those trade permits are being issued by the county’s Building Safety Department at no cost for emergency damage repairs until December 31, 2018.

Due to reduced demand, Building Safety’s satellite office, at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach, will close on Friday, November 9, at 5 p.m. Building Safety’s Government Center office, at 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington, is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The office, along with all county offices, will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day on Monday, November 12. Visit the Building Safety website for additional details.

FEMA Registration Deadline Extended to December 13
Residents now have until December 13, 2018 to register for FEMA assistance. A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center remains open at Independence Mall at 3500 Oleander Drive and residents can also register at or call 800-621-3362. Learn more about assistance available to New Hanover County residents by visiting

Businesses can seek assistance from the Small Business Administration at the Disaster Recovery Center at Independence Mall and at the Business Recovery Center located at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce at One Estell Lee Place. December 13, 2018 is the deadline to apply for the Business Physical Damage Disaster Loan, and June 14, 2019 is the deadline for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information visit the SBA website.

Learn more about Hurricane Florence recovery and sign up for updates at


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