Residential development continues to rise - Number of new home permits up 74% from 2016
Regina saw a 74 per cent increase in the number of new residential permits issued in March compared to this time last year. Ninety-four permits, corresponding to 145 new housing units, were issued last month, compared to 54 permits and 123 units in March of 2016.
Commercial permits grew from the previous month as well, resulting in a total value of $44.3 million in building permits for March.
“Our city is showing signs of continual growth in the increasing number of new home starts this year,” says Mayor Michael Fougere. “The overall rise in building permits in March is an indicator of a strong, stable economy.”
Permits issued in March for projects over $1.0 million include new office and warehouse construction in the Ross Industrial Park district valued at $1.8 million, a new fitness club on Quance Street East valued at $1.7 million, an alteration at the University of Regina worth $1.7 million, permits for temporary housing units at the Co-Op Refinery worth $1.6 million, and the Regina Minor Football clubhouse at Douglas Park, which is valued at $3.4 million.
A building permit is needed to construct, demolish, build an addition or renovate a building in Regina. The City issues the permit and reviews plans to ensure they comply with all current building codes, bylaws and other applicable regulations. The City’s Building Permit Report is a record of all permits issued during a period of time for residential, industrial and commercial construction in Regina.