A worker is constructing the frame of a new building at Clearview Ridge, near 30th Avenue and 67th Street in Red Deer. (Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff).

Building permit numbers down, but value of work higher than 2019

Commercial and public service construction values up over 2019

The number of building permits the City of Red Deer issued last month was down sharply from a year ago, although the total value of construction so far this year is up over last year.

There were 48 building permits of all kinds worth $2.4 million issued last month, compared with 132 worth $15 million in May 2019.

To the end of May, 276 permits worth $89.8 million have been issued, compared with 425 worth $67.8 million through the first five months of 2019.

Residential permits remain slow, with 39 issued worth $881,515 last month, compared with 73 worth $2.5 million in May 2019.

For the year, 164 residential permits worth $7.3 million have been issued, compared with 220 and $10.1 million in the first five months of 2019.

There were eight commercial permits worth $1.4 million issued, compared with 51 worth $12.2 million a year ago. For the year, 82 commercial permits worth $35.4 million have been issued, compared with 166 worth $52 million in 2019.

No industrial permits were issued last month, compared with seven worth $100,500 in May 2019. Year over year, the value of industrial construction is much higher than last year — 15 permits worth $20.9 million, compared with 26 and $3.3 million in 2019.

Public service construction is also ahead of last year’s pace, with 15 permits worth $26.1 million issued through May, compared with 13 permits worth $2.3 million last year.

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