The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners has extended the waiver for permitting and inspection fees for damages to plumbing piping related to the recent hard freezes in the area.

Fees will be waived until close of business Wednesday, January 31. The waiver is not retroactive, and refunds will not be issued for fees incurred prior to January 4.

Please note that this waiver only applies to permit and inspection fees. Permits are still required as usual.

The waived fees were proposed by the Escambia County Building Services Department and the Building Services Inspection Fund Advisory Board in an effort to lessen the hardship or cost to the consumer for freeze-related pipe damages. Once the consumer obtains a plumbing contractor to make the appropriate repairs, they will obtain the permitting with the waived fees reflected.

The Town of Century is expected to approve a similar fee waiver during their council meeting next Monday night.