Local contractors are split on the issue but do favor more thorough inspections.
After a severe hailstorm last spring, residential roof shingling applications in Sioux Falls, S.D., have jumped to more than 6,000, compared with the usual 2,100 per year. As a result, a city councilor is proposing to drop the building permit requirement for re-shingling homes and increase the bonding requirements to ensure that only licensed contractors do the work. Contractors are split on the proposal, with some in favor of keeping the permits and having more thorough city inspections. Some contractors want to keep the permit process and have the city do closer inspections.