How many building permits has the county been issuing?
“This is the lowest its ever been since I’ve been here,” Pat Conway of Permits & Inspections said of the local home building market, as he presented his Permit Activity Report for FY2017.
During Fiscal Year 2017, which ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Cecil County issued 1,680 permits. These included:
Single Family Homes 84
Manufactured Homes 43
Multi-family dwellings 71
Residential Additions 751
Residential Garages 83
Pole Barns/Sheds 246
Commercial/Industrial Buildings 35
Commercial/Industrial Additions 39
Pools, Decks & Piers 110
When asked why there are so many more home additions/renovations than new homes, Conway said believes that with the additional requirements for new homes such as upgrades to septic systems and the addition of sprinkler systems, people have been discouraged from attempting new home construction and instead have either purchased an existing home and made improvements or have stayed in their current home and made improvements.
The department collected nearly $1.2 million in fees during the year.
County permits are also issued within most of the county’s towns. Elkton issues its own building permits In FY17, county permits in municipalities included:
Cecilton – eight building, two electric
Charlestown – 51 building, nine plumbing, nine HVAC, 23 electric
Chesapeake City – 18 building, two plumbing, two HVAC, nine electric
North East – 58 building, five plumbing, three HVAC, 19 electric
Perryville – 65 building, ten plumbing, five HVAC, 36 electric
Port Deposit – ten building
Between FY88 and FY17, the year with the most building permits was FY04 with 2,541 building permits, including 606 homes.
As for Commercial/Industrial Permits, the top year was FY13 with 104 permits issued.
Commercial/Industrial Permits during the past decade are:
Year Commercial/Industrial Permits
Conway said Permits & Inspections continues to work to streamline the amount of time needed to obtain a permit. He said many people are savvy in determining what is needed for a permit and follow the guidelines, adding that those who complain about a slow process have usually failed to bring the proper information/documentation necessary for a smooth permitting process.