By Taylor Kinnerup | KTAR
PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Assessor’s Office reported nearly twice as many construction permit requests in the first quarter of 2021 compared to both 2019 and 2020.
By April, the county had received 19,232 permit requests for both residential and commercial purposes.
Maricopa County Assessor Eddie Cook told KTAR News 92.3 FM that while this number is large, the office has been bracing for the increase for a while.
“[We’ve] been seeing this trend now for a number of years, so I think we’re all scaling toward that,” Cook said. “It wasn’t like one day the door got opened and a flood of water just rushed in, this has been just kind of a growing trend that we’ve been monitoring over the last several years.”