And residential construction, in total, saw an increase.
But fewer permits were issued for new home construction in non-city portions of Sullivan County during 2006 than were issued in 2005.
According to 2005 and 2006 annual building reports from the county's planning and zoning department:
• In 2005, Sullivan County issued 44 commercial building permits for about $3.1 million worth of new construction.
• In 2006, the numbers jumped to 64 permits and more than $12.1 million in new commercial construction.
• In 2005, Sullivan County issued 871 residential building permits for about $52 million worth of construction.
• That included 298 new homes with a total construction cost of about $42.5 million.
• In 2006, Sullivan County issued 911 residential building permits for about $57.4 million worth of construction.
• That included 270 new homes with a total construction cost of about $40 million.
• In 2005, Sullivan County issued four industrial building permits for about $2 million worth of construction.
• The numbers dropped in 2006 to one permit for $372,000 in new industrial construction.
• Also on the downturn: permits and total construction value for single-wides.
• In 2005, Sullivan County issued 100 permits for single-wide homes with total new construction value of more than $1.5 million.
• The numbers were down in 2006 to 60 single-wide permits with new construction valued at about $1.05 million.
• In all, Sullivan County issued 1,031 building permits - including commercial, residential, single-wide, industrial, signs, and temporary - in 2005, with a total new construction value of about $59 million.
• In 2006, the county issued 1,056 building permits total - all categories combined - with a total new construction value of about $71 million.
• Total revenue to the county, from building permits and other planning and zoning fees, was up about $10,000 from 2005 ($97,000) to 2006 ($107,000).