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Housing Permits Hit Five-Year High in Bakersfield

October permits eclipse total from 2019

The City of Bakersfield processed more housing permits last month than any other month in the last five years, and more this year through October compared to the same point in 2019, both signs that the City continues to grow.

According to a report from the Development Services Department, last month the City – already the ninth-largest in California – issued 240 single family home building permits, more than double the total approved in October 2019 (108). It is the fifth time this year that a monthly total has surpassed the same month's total in 2019.

There have also been more single-family home permits issued this year to date: 1,245 (2020) to 1,242 (2019).

Building overall has also increased compared to last year. In 2020, the City has issued 11,544 total permits through October, compared to 11,169 to the same point in 2019.

October's 240 single-family home permits are the most issued for any month in the last five years. July 2019 is the next closest at 200.