Number of building permits soars in ’06

The statistics at Salmon Arm’s building department verify what’s been visible around the community – building is booming.

A total of 423 building permits were issued in 2006 for a total value of $43,077,170. That’s just $4 million less than 2005, which tallied $47.5 million with a total of 396 permits issued.

At city council’s Jan. 22 meeting, Coun. Kevin Flynn pointed out that although the 2006 total is $7 million less than in 2005, that is without the $11.5 million in 2005 for the new city hall.

“It shows us how busy our staff are.”

Coun. Alan Harrison offered his congratulations to the planning and building departments, noting the more than $40 million in permits processed.

He drew attention to the number of modular home permits, which rose from 10 in 2005 to 21 in 2006.

“It’s reflective of housing prices and opportunities for people to have homes of their own,” he said.

Permits for 134 new single family dwellings were issued in 2006 as opposed to 97 in 2005.

Although there was only one permit issued for a new commercial building in 2006 compared to three in 2005, 2006 saw 42 additions to commercial buildings totalling $3 million. That was nearly double the 2005 total of $1.6 million that 36 permits generated.

Industrial permits were down in 2006. There were four issued in 2006 for a total of $1.1 million, compared to 10 in 2005 totalling $3.7 million.

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