The number of single-family and multi-family housing permits issued in St. Charles County remains down for the first eight months of this year, compared to the same period in 2016 and 2015.
Through the end of August, 1,100 single-family permits have been issued in the county. That’s down from 1,248 single-family housing permits issued in the county for the same period in 2016, and 1,228 issued through August of 2015.
But the big drop continues to be in the number of multi-family permits for condominiums, villas and apartments. In all, 87 multi-family units for 12 lots have been issued in the county for this year through August. That compares to permits for 423 multi-family units issued for the same period last year and permits for 224 multi-family units issued in the first eight months in 2015.
The statistics are gathered by the St. Charles County Community Development Department and include numbers for the county’s major municipalities and the county’s unincorporated area.
Single-family housing permits have been a gauge of not only the health of the housing industry but of the overall economic health of the county. For years, the county has been the leader in the number of single-family housing permits issued in the St. Louis metropolitan area. County officials say the county now averages about 1,700 single-family permits issued annually since the downturn in the housing construction in the recession.
For all of last year, 1,799 housing permits were issued in the county for 2,364 total residential units, compared to 1,761 permits for 2,175 total residential units in 2015, 1,832 permits for 2,587 total residential units in 2014, and 1,816 total permits for 2,075 total residential units in 2013.
Of those permits, 1,718 were single-family permits issued last year, 1,693 single-family permits were issued in 2015, 1,704 single-family permits were issued in 2014, and 1,742 single-family permits were issued in 2013.
Wentzville continues to lead other county municipalities in the number of single-family housing permits issued.
Through August, 500 single and 62 multi-family permits on six lots were issued in Wentzville. That compares to 343 single and 120 multi-family permits for 14 lots issued for the first eight months of 2016.
Following Wentzville, the city of St. Charles was next through August with 213 single and nine multi-family permits on two lots issued. O’Fallon, the county’s largest municipality, issued 162 single and 12 multi-family permits on three lots through August.
In the county’s unincorporated area and Augusta, Weldon Spring, and West Alton, 105 single-family and four multi-family permits on one lot were issued.
Sixty-five single-family permits and no multi-family permits were issued through August in Lake Saint Louis, and 55 single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in Cottleville during the same period.
Forty-four single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, New Melle, Portage des Sioux, St. Paul and Weldon Spring Heights. Fifteen single-family permits were issued in Dardenne Prairie.
Forty-four single-family permits were issued in unincorporated St. Charles County that includes Augusta, Weldon Spring and West Alton through June this year.
Ten single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in St. Peters through June. Single-family housing permits have continued to drop over the last few years because the city has few pieces of developable land, city officials say.