Home construction permits are seeing a sharp increase across Maricopa County, according to data from the Maricopa County Assessor's Office.
Between January and April, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office reported 19,232 permits for home construction work, according to the county. That represents a 81.67% increase in the number of permits received in 2019 during the same time window when the county received 10,587.
A property owner applies for a permit when building or adding on to their existing home, according to the Maricopa County Assessor's Office. Maricopa County handles permits for home projects in unincorporated parts of the county, according to information from the county.
"Maricopa County remains one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, and our permit data shows builders are trying to meet demand by building single-family homes in record numbers this year," Maricopa County Assessor Eddie Cook said in an emailed statement. "Approximately half of the nearly 20,000 permits received in the first four months of the year are for new-build single-family residential homes across the Valley. Whether it’s our great desert landscape, terrific cities and towns, or plentiful job opportunities, people are purchasing property and making improvements to their current homes to set roots in Maricopa County for themselves and their families. Our office receives permitting data from county and municipal planning and development departments to update parcel records and make appropriate changes to ensure all property is valued and assessed fairly and equitably. Our team continues to work through permits received to update property data as soon as possible.”
Justin Pascarella, building inspection manager for Maricopa County planning and development, said this year has "definitely" outpaced previous years for building permits.
"Inspections have been off the charts as well; it's been quite the increase," he said.