County building permit numbers increase

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By Jesef Williams

Jesef Williams
Regional statistics suggest the housing market is continuing to strengthen.
Last month, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments released data that compared the number of building permits issued in 2011 to 2012.
The figures are for Chester, Lancaster, Union (S.C.) and York counties. Those counties make up the Catawba Regional’s service area.
“Our analysis of this data shows that most of the region’s four counties saw increases in single-family residential building construction,” the release said. “Mobile home permit activity generally decreased for most of the region, while there was an increase in multi-family permits.”
In Lancaster County, 527 single-family building permits were issued in 2011, compared to 747 in 2012. That represents nearly a 42 percent increase.
In 2011, 17 commercial permits were issued in the county. Last year, that number was 26.
The county saw no multi-family permits and just one mobile home permit issued in 2011. For 2012, those numbers were one and seven, respectively.
No industrial building permits were issued either year.
Other counties
Lancaster was the only one of the four counties that didn’t see its permit numbers drop in any area.
In York County, single-family permits went from 820 in 2011 to 1,070 in 2012, while multi-family permits rose from seven to 12. However, 17 fewer mobile home permits were issued in York County in 2011 compared to 2012 (69 versus 52). Commercial permits (163 versus 54) and industrial permits (15 versus 11) also saw dips from 2011 to 2012.
Other figures of note include Chester County’s number of single-family permits, which remained about the same – 29 in 2011 and 30 in 2012. The county’s mobile home permits, though, went the other way – 22 in 2011 and 12 in 2012.
In Union County, figures of note are the single-family permits, which – like Chester County – remained steady with 15 in 2011 and 14 in 2012. There were 28 mobile home permits issued there in 2011, compared to 26 in 2012.

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