Builders in Johnston County are trying to keep up with the demand for new housing. The Johnston County Inspections Department reported a slight drop in the number of permits for new housing starts in April compared to the same month in 2016, however the pace of new construction is still well above average. One problem is builders having difficulty finding enough vacant building lots.
Last month, permits were issued for 127 new single family homes, down about six percent from 135 permits approved in April 2016.
Townhome permits doubled from 2 to 4. Manufactured housing numbers dropped from 7 doublewide permits to 2, and 7 singlewide permits to 6 over the month. Permits for modular homes fell from 7 to 3.
Seven permits were issued for commercial buildings up from 3 in April 2016.
The average value of a new single family home permitted in April was $178,919.
The inspections department collected $230,200.10 in fees last month. Inspectors passed 3,403 inspections and failed 916.