The Howard County Council voted unanimously Wednesday to waive licensing and permitting fees in order to offer Ellicott City business owners relief after July's flooding gutted buildings and displaced dozens of residents.
The measure, passed in an emergency council session, waives fees for permits including electrical, plumbing, utilities, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and water and sewer service.
Fees, which vary based on the size of the businesses and the type of work, can cost as little as $50 for plumbing permits and as much as $2,500 for grading.
The measure, proposed by Kittleman and sponsored by the council, also lifts fees for permits for temporary food service facilities to allow impacted businesses to sell food in other areas.
Bob Frances, director of the county's Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, said the measure will allow residents and businesses to tackle damages.