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Area building permit numbers down in 2009

Building permit statistics are in for 2009 and, despite a fee waiver program by the town and county that began July 1, numbers have declined from 2008.

Archuleta County saw 33 fewer permits pulled in 2009 than in 2008, with 212 pulled last year.

Single-family homes accounted for 39 of 2009 permits issued by the county, while seven were for modular/mobile homes, seven were for commercial, and 159 were classified as “other,” which includes garages, carports, deck covers, additions and more.

The county collected $42,879.65, and waived $89,208.90 in building permit fees as a result of the development fee waiver.

The Town of Pagosa Springs issued 21 fewer permits last year, with 33 issued in 2009 and 54 in 2008.

The bulk of the permits issued by the town were commercial building permits, with 22, while 11 were residential, including two for new single-family units.

Due to the small number of permits issued by the town, monthly statistics are not kept, thus it is unknown how many of the permits were pulled following the July 1 fee waiver, according to Scott Pierce, town building official. But the town waived $5,083 in permit and plan review fees and collected $25,286.

Numbers of permits dropped more than 50 percent from their peaks in 2005, when the county issued 506 building permits and the town issued 94.