Last year was a record year for the City of San Bernardino. The Building and Safety Division issued 6,093 building permits, an increase of 42.6 percent over 2021.
“These numbers show that people are investing in San Bernardino,” said Mayor Helen Tran. “There is a great deal of opportunity here and I am glad to see people are taking advantage of it.”
The city is also reporting an increase in of the value of the permits issued totaling $363,841,706, a 57 percent increase over 2021. While the increase in value is impressive, the city did acknowledge that total project costs could be much higher as the valuations do not reflect the cost of property acquisition or architecture services. Government projects were excluded from the total.
“I expect these numbers to increase further in 2023 despite the national economic headwinds,” said San Bernardino Community, Housing, and Economic Development Agency Director Nathan Freeman. “We have a number of large projects in the queue and our phone continues to ring with developer interest.”
Freeman added that San Bernardino is in the process of launching a One Stop Shop to speed up the development process. “This is reinventing our customer service approach to serving residents, contractors, investors, and developers through the entitlement and permitting process, making it easier to get projects done.”