Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen an almost 30 percent increase in the number of permits issued between January and May 2015 compared to the same time last year, the latest figures from the county show.
Collier County saw 3,487 permits applied for in May 2015, an increase of 501 permits from May 2014 and a slight decrease from the 3,518 permits applied for in April 2015. From January 2015 to May 2015, 15,552 permits have been applied for in Collier County, an almost 30 percent increase from the 10,920 permits applied for between January and May 2014.
There were 274 permits issued for new construction in May 2015, up from the 225 permits issued in May 2014 and up one from the 273 new construction permits issued in April 2015. Of those 274 permits, 254 were for one and two family homes, six were for multifamily housing and 14 were for commercial properties.
The total construction value for one and two family homes in May 2015 was over $70 million, up from about $65 million in April 2015. It’s also up from May 2014, when the construction value was nearly $60 million. The commercial construction value was $30 million in May 2015, up from less than $10 million in April 2015 and from almost $20 million in May 2014.
Collier County also performed 16,090 building inspections in May 2015, up 1,369 from the 14,721 inspections performed in April 2015, and up 3,132 from the 12,958 inspections performed in May 2014, an increase of 19.4 percent.
“As the housing market picks up again in Collier County, the Growth Management Department staff is working hard to ensure our construction professionals are able to get the permits and inspections they need to get families into homes and businesses into commercial properties,” said Jamie French, interim director of the Collier County Growth Management Department. “Our goal is to provide the best customer service we can to ensure our community grows.” For more information, contact Mike Levy at 239-252-4283.