2022 a record year for building Orange County

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Florida Construction News staff writrer

Orange County’s division of building safety, one of the largest building code administrative bodies in Central Florida, issued 80,000 building construction permits and completed 270,000 inspections in 2022.

Permits account for all approved building construction in unincorporated Orange County, from new construction to repairs and alterations across all trades, building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, and solar.

  • Total Permits Issued 80,000
  • Total Inspections Performed 270,000
  • Phone Calls Answered 137,000
  • Single Family Residential Permits Issued 1,525
  • Multi-family Residential Units Permitted 4,850
  • Total New Construction Development Value Permitted $2.9 billion

Orange County continues to develop and launch upgrades to its Fast Track Online Services with the goal of providing all services online. New permit applications and plan submittals are now submitted electronically.

In 2022, Building Safety added new application types to Fast Track and launched a “training hub” with even more tutorials, tools, and videos to assist customers to get through the permitting process quickly.

Also, a fee reduction program and a $3-million incentive fund for County-certified affordable housing projects was launched Oct. 1. Three fee assessments were adjusted, and eight fees received a 25% temporary reduction. The fee changes are expected to result in a total savings of $30 million over the next three years for Orange County Vertical Permitting customers.

The incentive fund will offset most building permit and inspection fees for Orange County certified affordable housing projects – until the fund is depleted.

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