Broadnax’s Permit Activity Dips

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Officials at the City’s Development Services Department ended 2023 with improved permit review times.

Dallas’ Development Services Department (DSD) required six “median issued days” to issue a new single-family building permit in December, a decrease from the 11 median issued days logged in November, according to the latest data from the City’s Residential Permit Activity Dashboard.

In total, DSD received 176 new single-family applications and issued 153 approved permits in December. While overall activity saw a slight dip from the previous month, it fell mostly in line with DSD’s prior performance for the year.

Of the initial reviews performed during the month, 99% were started in 15 days or less, according to RPAD data. DSD met its review start goal for 137 permits in December. Two permit applications did not meet DSD’s goal for the month and, as such, hindered the department from closing out the year with a perfect score.

Despite the slower activity at the start of the year, DSD managed to end 2023 with no noticeable residential permit problems or backlogs.

For instance, DSD’s median time needed to issue a single-family permit in 2023 was 14 days, down from 68 median issued days in 2022 and 63 days in 2021.

In general, 2024 should bring many changes to Dallas’ building permit process, especially considering what development officials have already accomplished for residential permits over the last 12 months.

However, despite major improvements to the residential side of development, DSD still has a long way to go on the commercial side, as reported by The Dallas Express. One of the first items on DSD’s list for 2024 is the debut of its new Commercial Permit Activity Dashboard, which is expected to be released sometime this month.

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