The number of new homes being built in Northeast Florida continues to increase.

 

A total of 797 building permits were issued for new homes in the four-county area last month, according to the Northeast Florida Builders Association. That’s the most for an August since 2005.

Through the first eight months of the year, 6,147 permits have been issued. That’s 457 ahead of that point in 2016 and 1,817 ahead of that point in 2015.

But all the increase has come in Duval and St. Johns counties. Clay and Nassau counties have shown very small decreases over last year. But Duval’s 262 so far this year is 138 ahead of last year, and St. Johns’ 2,745 is 339 ahead of last year.

All the numbers are still well below 2005, which was the height of the building boom. Compared to that year, homes are being built in at about one-fourth the pace inDuval County and one-fifth the in Clay County,.

roger.bull@jacksonville.com