Hard hats were hot in August, which was a big month for the City of Kamloops’ building department.
Last month, 135 building permits worth $35.5 million were issued, keeping Kamloops on pace to set an annual construction value record for the fourth consecutive year.
The city’s latest building permit report was recently released, revealing a significant rise over the same month last year, which saw 105 permits worth $8.7 million issued.
City building manager Jason Dixon noted five permits of significance making up the bulk of the value: a $3-million permit for the Children’s Circle Daycare on Ninth Avenue and McMurdo Drive in Sagebrush, a $14-million permit for The Hive office space downtown, a $1.4-million permit for a Royal Inland Hospital parking lot in the former location of the Children’s Circle Daycare, a $2-million permit for a 12-unit addition at Berwick on the Park in Sahali and a $6-million permit for a BC Housing affordable housing project for seniors in Aberdeen.
“Together, that’s five big permits in a month,” Dixon said.
Commercial permits continue to be strong in the city, but Dixon also noted there continues to be activity on the residential side, specifically with projects that involve densification.
Through the first eight months of the year, the city has issued permits for 584 units, versus 445 through the same time frame last year. Most have been seen on the multi-family side — 487 units, compared to 97 single-family, duplexes, secondary suites and mobile homes. In addition, Dixon said, city staff continue to be busy on the residential side of permitting, with between 70 and 80 residential permits still in the queue, ranging from accessory buildings to brand new houses.
To date in 2020, the city has issued 950 permits worth $224.9 million — an average of $28 million per month — compared to 995 issued during the same eight months last year, worth $187.4 million.
The last of the hospital’s expansion permits is expected to head out the door next month.
The city has broken building records three years in a row. In 2019, the city issued $288.3 million worth of building permits. In 2018, it issued $285 million and, in 2017, it issued $224 million.