Norfolk County is experiencing a building boom of historical proportions.

For the second year in a row, the Building Department continues to see an upward trend, recording its highest level of construction activity since inception.

Permit totals in 2021 ended with record-eclipsing 1470 building permits issued totaling $165 million in construction value, a 25 percent and $40 million increase from 2020.

Growth was mostly driven by new residential units and renovations accounting for 860 permits, representing 58 percent of permit activity. A total construction value of $112M was in residential development, creating 339 new household dwelling units, 224 of which being single detached dwellings.

Another major factor was commercial industry as institutional activity came in at $30M for the year. The largest drivers included a $5M addition to Toyotetsu, the new Headworks Building for the Waterford Water Treatment Facility and repair to the Port Dover Water Treatment Facility. Also included was a $2M expansion to Voth Truck Bodies in Courtland, a $1.5 million daycare addition to Holy Trinity Catholic High School and a $1.3 million boiler upgrade at Norfolk General Hospital.

“Building activity in Norfolk has remained very strong in 2021 amidst the pandemic with no signs of slowing down,” said Fritz Enzlin, Norfolk’s Chief Building Official. “It says a lot about Norfolk County and the work that our team has done do to be able to manage these numbers.”

Norfolk’s building boom didn’t end on Dec. 31. A total of 82 building permits have already been filed in the first two weeks of 2022. For more, visit