For Immediate Release: September 30, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613
Sarasota, FL: For the first time ever, the City of Sarasota Building Division processed over 8,000 building permits in one year, shattering last year’s record. The 2014-15 fiscal year concluded at the end of business today and the tally for building permit applications processed is 8,402 with a construction valuation of over $299 million, signaling a stronger local economy and continued interest in Sarasota.
“There definitely is a lot more construction going on and it’s across the board,” said Gretchen Schneider, Neighborhood and Development Services General Manager. “We’ve seen significant increases in permits for new homes, home improvements as well as larger developments including hotels and mixed use developments.”
Building permits are issued for all kinds of construction — everything from residential improvements (including new fences, roofs, air conditioning and plumbing) to new large scale commercial developments including hotels and multi-family complexes.
Each of the past two years has been a record breaking year for processing building permits in the City of Sarasota. The number issued this fiscal year is nearly a 50 percent jump from 2002, when the local economy was considered to be doing well. The number of permits processed recently by year:
“Experiencing another banner year for our Building Division is a testament that our natural beauty, combined with our world class cultural and performing arts attractions make for a great quality of life,” City Manager Tom Barwin said. “The Sarasota ‘magic’ attracts people of all ages as reflected in our building permit numbers including 3,000 condo, apartment and hotel rooms under development.”
Even as Building Division employees processed an historic number of applications, customer service remained exceptional with voluntary comment cards from contractors consistently complimenting staff for being friendly, professional and knowledgeable. 96 percent of those who completed a comment card rated their service as ‘excellent’.
“We continue to strive to be a business friendly city,” Mr. Barwin said. “We have exceptional employees with positive can-do attitudes in the Building Division. Congratulations to everyone involved with this significant achievement.”
For more information contact Gretchen Schneider, General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4355.
About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com