Upstate Building Permits on the Rise


building-permitThere were more residential than commercial building permits issued in the third quarter in the Upstate, according to a report by Knoxville, Tenn-based Market Edge. The majority of the permits were issued in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The report classified the Upstate as the counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg.

Gary Splawn, permits administrator for Spartanburg County, said the number of permits issued depends on the time of the year.

“We usually see the numbers increase in the spring and continue strong through the summer,” he said. “And most of what we’re seeing in terms of residential permits are individual homeowners getting permits for additions to their homes.”

Eric Vinson, director of planning and code compliance for Greenville County, said the same process can be seen in Greenville County.

“The housing permits are definitely cyclical in nature, as we typically have higher levels of construction in the second and third quarters,” he said. “We have seen more residential renovation which explains the higher overall permit numbers.”



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