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Hopkinton issues nearly 30 more building permits in 2013 than in 2012

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HOPKINTON - Code Enforcement Officer Allen Fukes said building was up in the town of Hopkinton last year to the tune of nearly 30 building permits compared to what was issued in 2012.

Mr. Fukes presented the numbers to the town board Monday night, noting 41 permits were issued in 2013, up 29 and more than triple the 12 that were issued in 2012.

“2012 was a terrible year,” Mr. Fukes said, adding that while the increase was welcome, in all reality it was a return to normal.

“I think a few years ago we had 44,” he said. “So 41 is pretty close to normal.”

The difference in 2013 though he said was the number of new homes and camps built.

“Usually we average two or three new homes per year with a lot of garages and sheds,” he said. “This year there were more houses and camps than what we’ve had in the past few years.”

And since building permits cost money, an increase in permits also means an increase in revenue for the town.

“Increased permits means more money for the town,” he said.

Town Supervisor Susan Wood called the increase “very good.”

“Hopkinton is a beautiful place. Who wouldn’t want to build here?” she said.

Ms. Wood also attributed the increase to Mr. Fukes and his presence in the community.

“People realize that we have a code enforcement officer and he’s doing his job, so they need to buy a permit,” she said.

While Mr. Fukes said he can’t necessarily guarantee another increase in new homes and camps for 2014, he did say he was expecting the number of permits issued to again rise this year.

“This year is going to be a little different,” he said, adding many home improvements have been added to the list of things requiring a building permit.

“People putting on siding, roofing or windows will need a permit, so those numbers should go up,” he said, estimating that the new regulations should bring in an additional six to 10 building permits.

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