Cape Cod developing departments swamped with permits, construction initiatives backlogged

Jessica Smith is the project manager for REEF Builders, which is building this home on George Street in Barnstable. The West Dennis-based company has several pending permit applications in towns across Cape Cod that have been delayed as building departments are deluged with similar requests.

REEF Builders has quite a few pending permit apps in cities across Cape Cod — some of which were being submitted 4 months back and have not yet been reviewed. Construction jobs that normally consider the enterprise nine months to complete now take about 12 months.

“We’re entirely swamped,” claimed Mashpee Constructing Commissioner David Morris about the enhance in developing permits. “It just retains on coming.”

 “Everything is having a ton for a longer period than anticipated,” claimed REEF project manager Jessica Smith, who focuses mainly on new construction but also significant-scale renovation tasks. “It’s actually rough.” 

Building departments throughout Cape Cod are reporting an influx of residential building permits over the past yr as second home owners opt to invest far more time below for the duration of the pandemic and want to make renovations.