Brighton building permits for dwelling units total $37 million in 2020

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Brighton issued 74 building permits for dwelling units in 2020, generating a total of $37 million.

​The municipality saw a slight drop in the number of those permits issued in 2020 compared to 81 in 2019 but the total dollar value was higher last year than the $35 million brought in in 2019.

​Municipality of Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander reflected on Brighton’s numbers in a recent report received by Northumberland County council that highlighted residential and non-residential construction activity in 2020 in each of the county’s seven member municipalities.

​Locally, Brighton issued 185 total building permits (dwelling units, pools, renovations, decks, accessory buildings et cetera) in 2020 compared to 171 total units the year before.

“While dwelling unit builds were down moderately year-over-year in 2020, total construction was up,” Ostrander told the Brighton Independent.

​“This is likely explained by the pandemic shutdown of construction in March/April of last year and that many people decided to engage in home improvement projects or upgrades when they found themselves unable to head out on holiday.

​“While I don’t know what 2021 will bring, I would anticipate an up-tick in dwelling units for 2021,” the mayor said.

​The Annual Development Activity Report for Northumberland County showed an increase in the county of about $832,000 in local construction value from 2019, totaling $222.7 million in 2020.

​Northumberland municipalities issued more than 500 permits for residential units in 2020 valuing $189.3 million. They also issued 123 permits for non-residential units valuing $33.5 million across all sectors including agricultural, commercial, government, industrial and institutional.

​The highest value of non-residential construction in 2020 went towards institutional development at 38 per cent, with commercial development following closely behind at 33 per cent.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News