We have a building permit. She went and got it because as usual, She would not be denied.
The process was interesting and I'll relate it second hand. Since She did this some time ago the process may have changed so take this historical account with a grain of salt.
We printed out Damage Assessment. These forms have changed a number of times, the early version including dollar amounts which as far as I can tell were completely made up. I guess FEMA might have had a hand in them. In any event they were pre-determined and had little relationship to construction cost, property value or insurance value.
She and I went over it and decided what we could contentiously justify as a damage assesment. She went to City Hall paid a fee ( inspite of being told she colud get it fee over the Internet)