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Pasco County’s permitting activity continues to break records — with the county issuing permits worth nearly $4 billion in 2021, according to County Administrator Dan Biles.

The pace of growth is rapid in Pasco County and there are no apparent signs that it will slow down anytime soon, according to County Administrator Dan Biles. (To file)

Biles broke down the Pasco County Commission’s numbers at its Jan. 11 meeting.

The county registered 9,000 single-family home permits in 2021, Biles said.

“That’s 56% above 2020 and double 2019. And 2019 was a record high,” Biles said.

“These are post-crash records because we don’t necessarily have clean crash data from before 08-09,” the senior county official said.

“Commercial is up 20%. Nearly 700 new permits, new construction numbers.

“Building construction generated 64,000 permits in total last year, which represents a 20% increase. New stuff only makes up about 10-15% of their total workload.

“And, most of that total workload can now be done online, as we moved to the new portal in December. Most permits can be submitted online and you get them relatively quickly.

“By the way, the planning workload is double what it was 12 months ago, so more to come,” Biles told council members.

Posted on January 19, 2022