City of Tampa Permits More than $2 Billion in New Construction in FY2014 - Permitted project value breaks Tampa records

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The City of Tampa announces that it has permitted over $2 billion worth of projects in FY 2014, which ended September 30, 2014. The $2 billion in permitted project value surpasses the previous record of $1.78 billion permitted in FY 2007 during the height of the real estate boom.

"This number is important, and it’s more than symbolic. Permit number and project values indicate that Tampa is growing, people are investing in our community, and new jobs are being created in the process," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is a testament to those who believe Tampa’s capacity as a great city, and more good things are coming."

A full breakdown of the number of permits issued as well as the project values from 2007 to present is below.

Of note, compared to 2007, the City of Tampa has approximately half the number of staff today (approx. 58) processing permits, meaning they are working harder and smarter to help Tampa grow.

In 2011, Mayor Buckhorn convened a group of local developers, engineers, attorneys, and neighborhood representatives to create an Economic Competitiveness Report for the City of Tampa, outlining Tampa’s strengths and challenges for growth and development. Shortly after, Mayor Buckhorn created a One Stop Permitting Shop, merging all staff involved in the permitting and regulatory process into one facility in order to expedite the process.

The City has also invested in the Accela software system, which will allow citizens and customers to apply and pay for permits online, schedule inspections, renew a business license, and more online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the convenience of their home or jobsite.

FY 2007-2013 (end of year) & 2014 (end of year): Permit Totals

YearGross PermitsProject (Permit) Values