El Paso County leads in single-family building permits

Mon, Aug 8, 2011


El Paso County is seeing more new construction activity than other major metro areas in the state.

Twenty-two percent of all single-family building permits issued in the first half of 2011 were issued in El Paso County, according to building permit date released by the Census Bureau. Of the 3,416 single-family permits issued this year, 752 were in El Paso County.

When permit totals are adjusted for the number of existing units, mountain counties are seeing greater per capita growth. The top five counties for building permits are Chaffee, Park, Douglas, El Paso and Weld.

El Paso County is also among the top three for multi-family building permits with 230 issued through June. Only Denver County surpassed El Paso with 683 multi-family permits.

Statewide, multi-family permits were up 42 percent in Colorado for the first half of the year, while single-family building permits were down 6.7 percent, according to the division of housing report.

Statewide single-family building permits decreased 60 percent from 31,000 in 2006 to 12,000 in 2008. And present permit activity is near a 20-year low.

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