The amount spent on building permits in Rossland decreased in 2015.
The total value of building permits in Rossland decreased 28 per cent from $11,262,000 in 2014 to $8,108,000 in 2015. The biggest decrease was in commercial building permits, which dropped 68 per cent from $4,912,000 in 2014 to $1,558,000 last year. There was also a small decrease in residential permits.
On the other hand, nothing was spent on industrial or institutional and government building permits in 2014, and last year $43,000 was spent on industrial permits and $250,000 was spent on institutional and government permits.
This is the first decrease Rossland has experienced in the past three years. In 2014 building permits went up 111 per cent and in 2013 there was slight increase of 6 per cent.
In comparison, Trail experienced a significant increase in 2015 — 687 per cent — after decreases in the two previous years. Castlegar’s building permits increased in the past two years, up 91 per cent in 2015 and 28 per cent in 2015. Nelson also saw growth over the past two years, with an increase of 80 per cent in 2015 and an increase 98 per cent in 2014.