By Amye Anderson
UCBJ Managing Editor

PUTNAM COUNTY – It was a great year for construction in Putnam County. The number of construction permits issued from July 2017 through June 2018 reached 339 permits; an increase of 19 percent over the previous year. 

According to numbers released from the Putnam County Executive’s office, of the 339 permits, 209 were for the construction of brand new, single-family homes – up 15 percent over the previous year. 

“(I’m) not sure how long the boom will last,” said Putnam County Executive Randy Porter. “But, for now, it is still in full force.” 

Even with the ongoing building boom, Porter says that the number of available homes on the local real estate market is low. 

Permits are required for the following construction projects in Putnam County: 

  • All new buildings, both residential and commercial
  • Any new additions to existing buildings
  • Decks or porches added to existing buildings 
  • Mobile or manufactured homes
  • Modular homes
  • Garages or storage buildings exceeding 200 square feet
  • Plumbing and mechanical additions 
  • Cell towers 
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Fees for construction permits can range from $15 to $1,660 and up; with no fees being charged for those projects valued at $1,000 or less. 

The number of permits issued in Putnam County reflect only permits issued within the county but outside of any of the county’s cities.

Amye Anderson is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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