Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 29, 2020
SIngle-family building permits continue to grow

Number of permits 30% over same time last year amid virus 

Tooele County is following a statewide trend of booming home construction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the first six months of 2020 there were 6,422 building permits issued for single-family residences in the state, an increase of 9.6% from last year, according to a report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

In Tooele County and it’s cities, there were 317 building permits issued through the end of July in 2019 for single-family residences. During the same seven month time period in 2020, 413 permits were issued, for an increase of 96 permits or 30%.

Not all areas in the County experienced an increase in building permits. In South Rim the number of building permits issued by the end of July dropped from 18 in 2019 to four in 2020, a 78% decrease.

While there still is plenty of building in Stansbury Park, Stansbury experienced a decline in building permits for the first seven months of 2020 of 17%, sliding down from 87 in 2019 to 72 in 2020.

Tooele City led the increase with an 82% rise in permits issued, jumping from 67 during the first seven months of 2019 to 122 in 2020. Grantsville wasn’t too far behind with a 77% increase, growing from 67 in 2019 to 122 in 2020.

Continued strong demand for housing accompanied by record low resale inventory has led buyers to shop for new-build construction, according to a research brief from the Kem C. Gardner Institute.

Nationally, permits issued for single family residences increased by 5.8% for the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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