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Permitting

Last updated December 8, 2023

FAQs for Permitting

General Permit Submission Questions

Is there a special process to apply for a building permit for a parcel located in the fire damaged area?

The County is developing a process to streamline the building permits for emergency reconstruction and is hiring a team to assist with application screening, plans review, communication with applicants and operating the Emergency Permitting Center. Updates regarding this process will be provided when the team has been contracted.

This new process will offer expedited permitting for property owners interested in rebuilding.

My parcel is in the fire damaged area, when can I submit for my building permit?

You have two options.

  • Option 1: You can submit a building permit application now, and the department will prioritize review of applications from fire damaged parcels, however these applications will be processed under the regular permitting process.
  • Option 2: You can wait until early 2024 when the Emergency Permitting Center is set up to benefit from the expedited process. With either process, permits will not be issued until the parcel clean-up has been certified complete.  It is advised that applications be submitted once the Emergency Permitting Center is established.

How long will it take to obtain my building permit if I apply now?

Building permits issued in 2021 and 2022 had an average time of just over 300 days from application to issuance, however the County is working on ways to streamline the building permitting process and updates to this process will be provided when available.  Please be aware that per Ordinance 5562, permitted work can proceed only after authorized fire debris removal has been completed.

My parcel is in the fire damaged area and I will be submitting for my building permit. Are any fees being waived?

Fees will be charged consistent with the Rates and Fees schedule for the County of Maui.  Please see your insurance policy to see if permitting costs are covered by your policy.

My house was damaged or destroyed by the recent fire, can I construct or place a temporary structure on my parcel until I can rebuild?

The County is looking at various options for temporary structures and updates will be provided when those are finalized.  Please be aware that even if and when a process is developed, the parcel will not be buildable until fire debris removal has been completed and the certification of clean-up is provided to the County.

Questions regarding Permits submitted and currently being reviewed

What do I do with my active building permit application for improvements to a parcel located in the burn zone if I want to continue with the improvements per plan?

The permit application will continue to be reviewed, however per Ordinance 5562, the building permit will not be issued until fire debris removal has been completed for the parcel.

What do I do with my active building permit application for improvements to a parcel located in the burn zone if I want to make changes to my plans?

The permit application should be withdrawn and a new permit will need to be applied for. If no review has been done, 50% of the review fee may be refunded upon request. The County is working on ways to streamline the building permitting process.  Updated information will be provided on the mauirecovers.org website.

Questions regarding permits that have been issued

I started my improvements but could not complete the work as permitted as the fire affected part of the improvements. What do I do?

If the permit is still valid, work can continue after authorized fire debris removal has been completed for the parcel and if the parcel is located in a zone that has been cleared to be re-occupied.

I started my improvements but could not complete the work as permitted as the fire totally destroyed everything. What do I do?

If the permit is still valid, and owner plans to rebuild per the approved plans, work can continue after authorized fire debris removal has been completed for the parcel and if the parcel is located in a zone that has been cleared to be re-occupied.

I started my improvements to expand on an existing structure but could not complete the work as permitted as the fire totally destroyed my existing structure. What do I do?

The permit should be withdrawn and another permit should be applied for. The County is working on ways to streamline the building permitting process and updated information will be provided here on the Permitting page.

Questions regarding Completed Permits

Can I get a building permit re-issued for my structure destroyed by the recent fire?

If the permit was issued on or after June 8, 2018, a building permit application can be submitted using the approved construction plans along with the owner authorization and design professional authorization.

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