County issues more than $1 billion in construction permits for 2nd straight year

December 4, 2018

For the second straight year, Allen County has issued more than $1 billion in construction permits, as new building and remodeling continued at the highest rate in the last five years, county officials announced at a news conference this morning.

According to statistics compiled by the county building department, as of Dec. 2, permits totaled 1.032 billion for all of 2017.

Slightly fewer permits -- 25,230 -- have been issued through Nov. 29 than for last year, when the total was 26,185 by year’s end.

But this year’s numbers are expected to continue to rise as the industry is scrambling to beat cost uncertainties in 2019, John Caywood, commissioner of the Allen County Building Department, told The Journal Gazette after the announcement.

The permit numbers include both commercial and residential construction and new construction and remodeling. Apartments and senior living homes are considered commercial permits, even though the result is residential space.



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