Building Permits Up 13 Percent In 2018

Demand for new single family homes in Johnston County continues.  In April, 182 permits were issued for new residential homes, up from 124 in April 2017, an increase of 47 percent from the same month a year ago.

During the first four month of 2018, 618 permits were issued for new single family homes, an increase of 13 percent from the first four months of 2017, according to the Johnston County Inspections Department.

13 singlewide, doublewide and modular permits were issued last month, up one from 12 in April 2017.

The average value of a new home construction permit last month was $180,729.

Johnston County Inspections Department Director Dean Barbour

Dean Barbour, Director of the Johnston County Inspections Department thinks the sharp increase in April building permits numbers will subside.

“I think the increase in building permits will level off,” Barbour said noting the comparison is the same 30 days from last April . “When you compare 2016 numbers in April to 2017 numbers, the numbers for residential houses in  2016 were slightly higher than the 2017 numbers. I think the trend will continue upward but at a slower pace.”

“The builders will buy a lot of permits in the spring, then it will depend on market sales and presale contracts to purchase more building permits,” Barbour told WTSB.

He added, “This is a great time to build a new house in Johnston County.”

The Inspections Department issued 596 total permits in April 2018 for a value of $53,970,076.80 and collected $291,062.79 in fees. Inspectors passed 4,630 inspections and failed 1,036.