It's been a typical year for building permits in Estevan this year, according to city staff.

"We're a little bit ahead of where we were last year, but it's nothing dramatic, in terms of number of permits," said Richard Neufeld, the land development manager for the City of Estevan. "Construction value this year...if we keep up the pace we're going to be well ahead of where we were last year."

Neufeld said there were 50 permits issued in 2021, and so far in 2022 there have been 28 permits.

"In 2021, we had a total construction value of $5.5 million, and we're at $4.4 million so far this year," he said. "If this year continues at the rate it is, it'll be pretty good."

Neufeld cautioned that the new senior's complex going up on Morsky Drive is probably skewing the data a little bit. The Sigma Place development on Kensington Avenue is also going through a major renovation.

Overall, Neufeld said the number of building permits in Estevan doesn't align with the high numbers the province boasted about earlier in the week.

"I would say that it's improved since the COVID period. It's picking up a little bit but it's nothing dramatic in terms of number of projects going on," he said.

"But you don't know what's going to come through the door right? We could have somebody come through next week wanting to go and do a new commercial building worth a million dollars," he added.

Neufeld said the best way to apply for a permit is to contact the city office and meet with the building official.