Building activity slows in county
Clark County approved 56 residential building permits in September, the lowest monthly number this year but slightly more than the 54 permits issued in September 2013. Vancouver also reported a slowdown in building permit approvals.For the year through September, the county has issued 701 single family residential permits, compared to 785 in the same period of 2013.This September’s single-family residential construction permits carried a valuation of $19.5 million, barely below last September’s valuation of $20 million. The numbers also include mobile homes.Remodeling activity remained strong going into the fall season, the report shows. Clark County issued 57 permits for home additions, remodels, and garages, the lowest monthly count since May but still 27 percent higher than the 45 permits issued in September 2013.The September remodeling permit numbers are encouraging, the Building Industry Association of Clark County said in a statement. Mike Kinnaman, member of the Remodelers of Clark County and past Building Industry Association president, said his company, Designers Northwest, is “the busiest we’ve been in years.”“Whole home remodels and larger kitchen jobs are definitely on the rise,” Kinnaman said.No apartment permits were issued in September. In September 2013, Clark County recorded four apartment building permits for buildings containing 48 units. Commercial construction activity was up, with 46 permits for the month compared to 23 in September 2013. The valuation of all commercial permit activity was $11.1 million, up from last September’s $8.9 million.