Town Continues With Record Breaking Growth

A message from Greg Miller, Chief Building Official for Town of The Blue Mountains.

I am pleased to report that the Building Services team has had the busiest first six months in the Town’s history for permits and inspections. The first 6 months we have:

  • Issued permits valued at $81.3 million in construction value which is up $28m or 52% over this time last year. The previous record was in 2006 at $72.1m
  • Issued 320 permits versus 236 this time last year; an increase of 84 permits or 36%
  • Issued 145 new dwellings which is up from 80 issued this time last year; an increase of 81% (with another 18 ready to be issued). We issued 196 dwellings for all of 2016.
  • Conducted 1,354 requested building inspections versus 855; an increase of 500 or 58%
  • Over the past 12 months there have been 229 accumulated dwelling starts valued at $136.7m which is up 160% the past two years
  • Our volume continues to increase at an unprecedented rate with 360 applications received versus 249 this time last year; a 45% increase – and they continue to pour in
  • Zoning Requests or “RFI’s” are up 95% at 150 versus 77 this time last year
  • We have responded to 1,845 property inquires received via email, telephone and the front counter - up substantially from 915 inquires during the same time last year; a 102% increase.

These numbers do not include any Building Code Act enforcement such as issuing Orders, site meetings or complaint follow ups.

We continue to operate at a high performing level and have been ahead of the curve in Ontario by implementing our electronic permit service in 2016  and our electronic mobile inspections 9 years ago – no other municipality in Ontario has achieved this to my knowledge.

I would like to thank the Building Services team for continuing to perform at a high level and for their dedication to excellent customer service.

Greg Miller, BSSO, CBCO, C.E.T.

Chief Building Official

Town of The Blue Mountains

Planning & Development Services Departement

Building Services Division


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