Building permits up 35 percent

Published 6:10 am Wednesday, February 21, 2024

By Alyssa Schnugg
Senior reporter

While it’s easy to see from the amount of traffic in Oxford that the city is growing in population, the number of permits issued for construction in 2023 just proves what we all know – people want to be in Oxford.

In 2022, there were 414 permits issued for residential construction permits within the city limits. In 2023, that number increased to 559. The number of permits include renovations and additions.

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The number of commercial construction permits also increased, from 99 in 2022 to 120 in 2023.

The total amount of construction costs for the projects issued permits went from $159, 536, 092 to $345,861,878.

The permits themselves brought in $1.6 million in 2023 compared to $846K in 2022. Those funds come from the cost of filing for the permits.

Oxford’s City Planner Ben Requet said the number of permits issued in 2023 were back on track with pre-pandemic numbers and show the increased interest in people wanting to live and/or invest in Oxford.

Requet said the increase was likely due to several reasons including the University of Mississippi’s winning sports teams, Oxford’s A-rated school district, popular events like the Double Decker Arts Festival, the historic downtown Square and more.

Construction costs are also up which influences the value of construction costs.