The number of single-family and multi-family housing permits issued in St. Charles County through September remains down, compared for the same period in 2016 and 2015.
Through the end of September, 1,238 single and multi-family housing permits have been issued in the county. That’s down from 1,838 total permits for the first nine months of 2016, and 1,651 permits for the same period in 2015.
The big drop so far this year continues 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 through September. That compares to permits for 448 multi-family units for the same period last year, and 274 multi-family units issued for the same period in 2015.
The statistics are gathered by the St. Charles County Community Development Department and include numbers for the county’s major municipalities.
Single-family housing permits have been a gauge of 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.
Through September, 1,226 single-family housing permits have been issued in the county, compared to 1,390 for the same period last year and 1,377 through September 2015,
Last year, 1,799 housing permits were issued in the county – 1,718 single-family permits and 646 multi-family – for 2,364 total residential units. That compares to 1,693 single-family and 482 multi-family permits for a total of 2,175 total residential units in 2015.
Wentzville continues to lead other county municipalities in the number of single-family housing permits issued.
Through September, 495 single and 62 multi-family permits on six lots were issued in Wentzville. That compares to 550 single and 78 multi-family permits for the first nine months of 2016.
For all of last year, 663 single-family and 116 multi-family permits were issued in the city, far outpacing other county municipalities and the incorporated area of the county.
Following Wentzville, the city of St. Charles was next through September with 238 single-family and nine multi-family permits issued. O’Fallon, the county’s largest municipality, issued 172 single and 12 multi-family permits through September.
There were also 113 single-family and four multi-family permits issued in the county’s unincorporated area and Augusta, Weldon Spring, and West Alton.
Sixty-eight single-family permits and no multi-family permits were issued through September in Lake Saint Louis, and 61 single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in Cottleville during the same period.
Through September, fifty-four single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, and New Melle, Portage des Sioux, St. Paul and Weldon Spring Heights. Fifteen single-family permits were issued in Dardenne Prairie.
Ten single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in St. Peters through September. Single-family housing permits have dropped in St. Peters in recent years because city officials say the city now has largely been “built out” with fewer pieces of developable land.