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West to require permit to demolish homes

WEST, TX (KXXV) -

West residents will have to get permits in order to bulldoze their homes.

City officials announced Thursday they will have guidelines for anyone who needs to demolish their homes. This is as the town goes forward in the recovery process following the April 17 blast that claimed 15 lives. This permit will cost $25 and is part of an effort to preserve and protect utilities.

The city ordinance says if you do not file for a permit you can be guilty of a misdemeanor with up to a $500 fine.

Hundreds of homes were damaged from the explosion. Many residents are trying to decide if they will demolish their homes and start anew or attempt to rebuild if the foundation is still sound.  

For more information on this ordinance you can go to www.cityofwest.com.

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