The Sugar Land City Council has approved an ordinance aimed at streamlining residents’ recovery from the impact of Winter Storm Uri.
According to a Wednesday news release from the city, Sugar Land will consider adjustments to winter water bills affected by high usage from winter storm damages in the case of water and surface water charges. The city said its 2021 winter averages will be based on last year’s averages in order to avoid higher-than-normal average water bills.
The city’s permit and inspection process is also being streamlined to allow faster repairs to damaged homes and businesses through May 1. Permit fees for repairs needed as a result of the winter storm will be temporarily waived, while inspections can be conducted in person, virtually or through the submittal of photo documentation to expedite the inspection process.
Homeowners completing repairs on their homestead won't need to have the homestead exemption form notarized as part of the permit process, according to the city, while contractors registering with the city to perform repairs related to the winter storm will have their annual registration fee waived. Restaurants with damage repairs can also have construction and pre-opening inspection fees waived.
"Residents of Sugar Land have endured conditions no one should have to experience during the past week," Mayor Joe Zimmerman said in the news release. "Many have sustained damage to their homes and businesses and are facing extensive repairs. The ordinance we approved is intended to help our residents and businesses through the recovery process."
Anyone with utility billing questions can call the city’s Treasury Management department at 281-275-2750. To learn more and to read the full ordinance approved by the city council, visit sugarlandtx.gov/RecoveryResources.