City sees slowdown in building permits in June

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on construction in the city, with a significant drop in the value of building permits issued by the City of Prince George in June compared to the past two years.

Last month the city issued a total of 58 building permits with an estimated value of $14.6 million, according to a report going before city council on Monday. In June 2019 the city issued 72 permits worth approximately $31.4 million. In June 2018, the city issued 50 permits with a combined value of $44.7 million.

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Between January and the end of June, the city issued a total of 233 permits with a combined value of $49.2 million. That compares with 289 permits worth $87.8 million over the same period in 2019, and 231 permits worth nearly $100 million in the first six months of 2018.

The biggest single permit issued in June was for a 75-unit apartment building, estimated to be worth $5.9 million. The city also issued permits for 12 new single-family homes, also worth approximately $5.9 million.

The total number of permits issued for new single-family homes in the first half of the year was down roughly half compared to the past two years. Between January and June the city issued permits for 41 houses, compared to 74 in 2019 and 83 in 2018.

The city also issued a permit for a new, $950,000 commercial building in June.

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