Veterans

County Waives Permit Fees to Help Disabled Veterans

Military veterans disabled when serving their country will soon be able to make their homes easier to live in — by making changes like widening doors, lowering countertops, fixing bathrooms, installing lifts or elevators — without having to pay County building permit and plan-check fees.

Military veterans disabled when serving their country will soon be able to make their homes easier to live in — by making changes like widening doors, lowering countertops, fixing bathrooms, installing lifts or elevators — without having to pay County building permit and plan-check fees.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to waive the fees for disabled veterans. The new County ordinance would take effect 30 days after it’s “second reading” by the Board, which is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Bill Horn recommended in May that the County take the action to make it easier for disabled veterans to live independently.

San Diego County is home to hundreds of thousands of military veterans.

Horn, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, said making the transition from military to civilian life can be especially hard for “wounded warriors who are missing limbs and have to rely upon wheelchairs and other types of prosthetics.

“I want to thank the County,” he said, “for making the building process easier for them and cheaper for everyone involved here, to modify their homes so they may adapt more easily to coming home and living a peaceful life.”

Jacob said the new rules would not only help make life easier for disabled veterans, it would also allow the County “to pay homage to those individuals who proudly served their country and put their lives on the line.”

 

 

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact