Home Permit Count Rises in Lee County


Based on statistics released by the municipal governments, Lee County building permits rose to a total of 167 from 132 the previous month. Over the past two years, the permit number have been rising sporadically after falling sharply from the heights reached in 2005 during the last days of the housing bubble.

According to Dennis Cantwell, president of Estero-based Sand Springs Development and of the Lee Building Industry Association, the home-building industry is entering a new phase. He said, “With the labor force way down because of recent slow times, many contractors and subcontractors are “swamped” as the number of homes under construction rises. “We’re short on labor.”

In October, it was a great surprise that the permit numbers were up throughout the county: The unincorporated county had 42 compared to 34 a year earlier, although down from 55 in the month of September. Statistics also show that Cape Coral had 37, up from 23 in September. Bonita Springs had 30 compared to 24 in September and 20 in October 2011. Fort Myers had 56 compared to 27 in September.

Getting the right permit application is easy. The requirement usually is a survey of the property with a detailed sketch of where the building will be positioned. Other reports and checks may be required like if you are placing a septic tank system in the area of construction. It is important to know that permits are not just obtained for the newly built properties. It is also required if the homeowner is planning to add another structure in the building or repairs.

Regularly, the permit will come with a pre-determined timeframe like how long a particular structure will take to build. On the other hand, timeframes depend on the building because some structures are expected to complete in a year. You can always ask for extension if the project will not be completed before the designated time frame.
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