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January 26, 2021
Santa Fe Building Boom Generates Jobs, Revenues, Housing

Land Use Department’s E-Permitting System Enables

Development Despite Pandemic

Despite the economic instability of the pandemic era, Santa Fe is experiencing an extended building boom with record numbers of development projects planned, under construction, or recently completed.

In the last half of 2020 Santa Fe saw impressive and sustained construction job growth. The city ranked number 7 among U.S. metro areas in November with a 14% increase, adding 400 construction jobs over the previous year, according to the US Department of Labor.

The City’s Land Use Department issued more than 5,800 permits in the period from March-December, 2020, a 10% increase over the same period the previous year. These permits generated over $6 million in permit fees revenue for the City, and generated millions more in vital GRT.

Many of these permits were for single- and multi-family housing projects. There are roughly 2,200 housing units under construction in the City right now, with over 1,000 more in the planning and design pipeline, along with an abundance and variety of smaller projects and trade work.

Soon after the initial coronavirus outbreak, the City’s Land Use Department quickly responded by setting up an e-permitting system that allowed contractors and builders to continue working through the pandemic. Land Use is offering expanded services in all divisions and is progressively developing more streamlined approval methods, options, and improved, more agile procedures to help ensure responsiveness to the needs of the community. The department is processing approvals, permits, and inspections at very near pre-COVID rates. It is fulfilling its role to facilitate approval and regulation of land development and construction projects, assisting members of the design, construction, and development communities to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the built environment.

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