Building permits issued by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George in June were down nearly 50 per cent compared to June 2019, according to a report to the district board.
Last month the regional district issued a total of 29 building permits, with an estimated combined value of $2.27 million. In June 2019, the district issued 54 permits with an estimated value of nearly $4.97 million.
Of the 29 permits issued by the district last month, 27 were issued in electoral areas A, C,D and F – the four electoral areas which border the City of Prince George.
While the permits issued last month were down sharply, the total number of permits issued for 2020 to the end of June were in line with the last two years.
In 2020, the regional district issued a total of 125 permits in the first six months, including 20 for single-family homes. Of those, 91 permits were issued in electoral areas A, C, D and F. In 2019, the district issued 141 permits in the first half of the year and in 2018 it issued 107 permits between Jan. 1 and June 30.
The total estimated value of permits issued in the first six months this year exceed the past two years' totals – roughly $20.4 million in 2020, compared to $11.4 million over the same period in 2019 and $7.9 million in the first half of 2018.
The biggest project on the books this year is a $8.48 million commercial development in electoral area H. Eighteen single-family homes worth a combined $8.56 million made up much of the rest of the value.