Workers, homeowners frustrated by building permit backlog push for change

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For years, people in the construction industry have been facing long delays in the permitting process.

A measure advancing through the Honolulu City Council would put a stop to that.

Bill 64 would require the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting to process applications for building permits for one- and two-family dwellings within 60 days.

A rally was held Thursday on the front lawn of Honolulu Hale as supporters urged council members to move the bill forward.

“We’ve got to push this bill through so we can get all these permits to come out so we can keep working, because the economy’s booming over here in Hawaii, and there’s a lot of work, but we can’t be working if the permits are just sitting there in the office,” said mason Ron Laupola.

“We’ve been waiting for about nine months for our permits. Hardship-wise, our family has separated. We’ve had to go into different rentals. We have a large family, but we’re going into three different rentals,” said homeowner Tiffany Kane.

The measure passed out of committee Thursday and moves on to a public hearing.

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