Construction on the rise in Routt County, according to 2018 numbers
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Construction of new single-family homes, commercial businesses and additions to homes increased in 2018 compared to previous years, and more folks in Routt County renovated last year.
According to data from the Routt County Building Department, the county issued 286 permits to alter or add to a home or commercial property, which equates to a 69 percent increase over the 169 permits issued in 2017.
Building permits are issued for new construction as well as many renovation projects. Essentially, anytime a person opens a wall to change plumbing, electrical wiring or another element of a home Routt County Building Official Todd Carr said that indicates they need a building permit.
The number of permits for single-family dwelling units and commercial industrial buildings also increased, though at a lower rate. There was no new construction on condominium or apartment complexes last year.
There were 154 new single-family housing units permitted in 2018, an increase of 29 units. Fourteen new permits for commercial and industrial buildings were issued, an increase of nine over last year’s numbers.
New construction for residential development in Steamboat was valued at $54,508,012 and in the county at $43,085,901.
Commercial and industrial construction in Steamboat was valued at $20,891,555, and construction in the county was valued at $2,721,444.
This year, the county building department expanded its existing services to include Hayden. It now issues building permits for unincorporated Routt County and the municipalities of Steamboat, Oak Creek, Yampa and Hayden.
Last year, the building department provided inspections to the Steamboat Springs School District, which helped advance construction on the middle school under a tight schedule. Carr said it will soon do the same for the Hayden School District.
In 2018, the agency started conducting partial inspections, a move that intends to speed up construction. Carr said he’s received positive feedback on the change.
“It helps them move their projects forward, so they’re not waiting for us to maybe come do one large inspection,” he said.
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