By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
A sure sign that Wilson County is growing can be found in the increasing number of building permits issued in the first quarter of 2013.
Wilson County Building Inspectors Office Assistant Marlene Davidson said that 126 total building permits were issued from January to March of this year, including single family homes, mobile homes and commercial properties.
Back in 2005 we had 632 homes built in the year. It went down slightly in 2006 and in 2008 it went down to about a third and continued to decline. It bottomed in 2010 at 150 for the entire year, Davidson explained. We were happy to see that number come up to 185 in 2012. We are glad to see it quit declining.
Numbers have been fairly consistent for January, February and March of 2013 compared to the first three months of 2012 in Wilson County. In January 2012, a total of 31 permits were issued- 12 of which were single family homes. In January 2013, a total of 34 permits were issued 18 of which were single family homes.
Twenty-one total permits were issued in February 2012, seven of which were single family homes. Thirty-three permits were issued in February 2013, with 18 being single family homes. In March 2012, 58 permits were issued, with 19 being single family homes. In March 2013, 59 permits were issued, with 18 being single family homes.
Davidson said the department sees two booms throughout the year typically in the fall and spring. Basically people come in October to go ahead and apply for their permits, so they can work and get inside. We see another spike in February and March once those fall homes get finished, she said, adding that most building permits are issued to contractors.
Mt. Juliet Codes Department Permit Tech Chris Harvieux said business has been steady in West Wilson as well.
In January 2012, 13 single family home permits were issued compared to 34 single family home permits issued in January 2013. Twenty-six single family home permits were issued in February 2012 in the city, compared 21 single family home permits issued in February 2013.
Lebanon Building Inspections has issued 81 single family home permits this year as of Tuesday, April 9 17 in January, 36 in February, 13 in March and 15 in the first week of April, said Chief Building Official Danny Raines.
Raines said that in 2012 nine permits were issued in January, 14 in February and 15 in March.