Building activity is booming in Norwich Township

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes

The building department is still booming with activity in Norwich Township – with almost $15 million worth of construction in the first five months of this year.

Chief Building Official Brad Smale's report to council on June 6 showed 32 permits were issued in May alone, compared to 26 in the same time last year. Those permits were for projects such as demolitions, single family homes, pools and storage spaces. The value of the projects for which permits were issued in May is $5.5 million, which is almost $2 million more than May 2016. It was October before the value of construction reached near that amount last year.

The 32 permits issued in May brings the number of permits issued so far this year to 120, almost double the same time last year.

“The number of permits issued, permit fees collected and gross construction value continue to set new highs for the township,” said Smale in his report.

But the increase in activity is making it difficult for the building department staff to keep up with permit application reviews. Smale said a new staff member started mid-May and “is already having a positive effect upon application intake and turnaround times.”

The most permit activity was for wards one and three, South Norwich and North Norwich areas. There were 14 permits for projects in ward three and 11 in ward one. Just four were issued for each ward two and four – the village of Norwich and East Oxford areas.