Business & economy

Construction permits peak in Malheur County

Construction crews work on the site of a 179-unit RV park in Ontario on Friday, July 16. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - Expect to see more orange vests and hard hats around town.

From home renovations to new housing, Malheur County is under construction as builders take a chance in a high cost, high demand market. In June, the Malheur County Building Department issued its largest number of permits in a single month since 2015.

The total of 195 permits - excluding some in Ontario - is a 38% increase from June 2020.

Most of the permits were for plumbing and electrical work on existing properties, but a few were from new businesses.

Between January and June, Malheur County issued 13 new single-family dwelling permits outside Ontario.

The city of Ontario . . .