The City of Castlegar issued 218 building permits valued at $14.1 million in 2021. File photo

The City of Castlegar issued 218 building permits valued at $14.1 million in 2021. File photo

Castlegar construction remained robust in 2021

The city issued 218 building permits valued during the last year

Construction in the City of Castlegar remained robust in 2021, according to the city’s year-end building permit report.

The city issued 218 building permits valued at $14.1 million during the last year. More than half of the dollar value came from 22 new single-family housing starts that were valued at $8.3 million.

Over the last five years permit values have been up and down, but 2020 and 2021 showed COVID-19 didn’t slow down construction in the city.

Permit values for the past five years:

2017 — $9.6 million

2018 — $13.1 million

2019 — $7 million

2020 — $16.3 million

2021 — $14.1 million

In the last 20 years, the city has seen lows of $3.9 million in 2002 and $3.7 million in 2003 compared to highs of $25.2 million in 2010 and $23.3 million in 2016. Both of the high years were fueled by new commercial construction valued at $12 million in 2010 and $13.8 million in 2016.

New single-family homes continue to pop up on vacant lots around the city with 22 new starts this year and 17 new starts in 2020. There were 10 in 2019, 22 in 2018 and 10 in 2017.

Residential alterations have been fairly consistent over the last five years at around $2 million per year, except for 2018 which was $5.8 million.

2021 building permits by category:

Single family — $8.3 million

Residential alterations — $2.2 million

New commercial — $1.5 million

Commercial alterations — $1.2 million

Industrial alterations — $364,300

Institutional alterations — $1.8 million

Other — $46,750

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