Myrtle Beach sees boom in building permits

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach is booming with renovations from home projects to hotel demolitions. Now, the city is looking for additional employees to help with the workload.

Within the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the city issued 5,227 permits compared to 4,543 the previous fiscal year. That added up to a $237,010,702 total valuation with the majority of permits being issued for new single family residential homes, compared to only 287 the previous year.

City Spokesperson Mark Kruea, points out the increase is mostly in residential permits, although it only takes a big commercial project or two to make a difference. He pointed out a new hotel can add $40 million or more.

Throughout the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 12 permits were issued for new commercial buildings.

With the money accumulated from the building permit fees, the City of Myrtle Beach is looking to invest that money into the building process by hiring two new city employees.

The first position available is for a full-time Building Inspector. The experienced individual would make between $41,430 - $64,631 a year, plus benefits. The application deadline for this position is 5 p.m. on September 8.

The second position is for a part-time Permit Technician. While this position does not include benefits, it does pay $14.14 an hour. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on September 2.

To see the full listing of employment opportunities with the City of Myrtle Beach:

The city has set aside $67,000 to pay the salaries for these two positions for the first nine months. After that time period, the salaries will be budgeted into the next fiscal year.

With adding the positions to current staffing, the city hopes to provide same-day service for inspections, if called in early enough in the day.

Kruea pointed out the clearest trend in the increase of the building permits is in the increase in single family homes, as evidenced by the growth surrounding The Market Common and, to some extent, at Grand Dunes.

Workers at Home Depot also see people coming in to flip homes.

"A lot of our customers are buying general building products. A lot of flippers coming in, a lot of homeowners coming in to renovate their older homes, but new homes are still building like crazy right now," said Dave Walradt with Home Depot.

A building permit can cost you anywhere between $50 and $23,000 depending on the size of your construction project. Those city fees are based on a percentage of the total value of your renovation.

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