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Bozeman planning department hits one day record – building permit submissions

There is a verifyable building boom going on in the Gallatin Valley.  The City of Bozeman Planning department hit the one day record for building permit submissions last week.  Reported by Erin Stauttaher in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle…

Bozeman planning department sets one-day record for building permit submissions

The city of Bozeman planning department got a hefty delivery last Thursday from its upstairs neighbor, the building department — 27 building permit applications, the most ever received in a single day.

“We’re trying to plow through them as fast as we can,” planning technician Tara Hastie said Friday.

While some were already returned to the building department, thick white stacks of rolled paper still filled the shelf beneath the planning department’s front counter a week later.

The old single-day record was “way less than that,” maybe 10, Hastie said.

On an average day, the planning department sees about five permits come across its counter, she said.

“This is a trend that’s going to continue for awhile,” Hastie predicted.

While the city is receiving submissions for both commercial and residential projects, “residential is really what’s on the upswing,” said Wendy Thomas, the city’s community development director.

The last time the number of residential building permits spiked was in 2005 with nearly 1,000 permits filed with the city that year, according to the City of Bozeman Department of Community Development 2013 Annual Report.

The number dipped slightly in the following two years then took a nosedive in 2008 when just over 200 were submitted. That number hovered around 200 from 2009 to 2011 before it started climbing again in 2012.

The number of residential building permits jumped back up to nearly 1,000 in 2013. The city is already on track to surpass that number for 2014, Hastie said.

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