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May year-to-date construction value exceeds $115 million: Best year-to-date in past 10 years

July 16, 2013

MONCTON – The 2013 year has been an active year with permit values of over $115.5 million which more than doubles last year’s total of $55 million.

Residential construction continues to proceed at a steady pace with nearly $30 million in development this year to date.  This represents a lower level of activity when compared brisk activity reported between 2010 and 2012.  However, residential activity continues to be near the 10 year average.

“Moncton’s strong building permit numbers continue to show the health of our local economy,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “The firm start of the construction season is a very positive sign that Moncton continues to grow”

To date, in 2013, the Building Inspection department has issued 15 Institutional and Government permits totalling over $39.6 million.  Last year 13 permits were issued valued at just over $2.2 million. 

The City of Moncton has issued 77 Commercial and Industrial permits, this year, with a development value that exceeds $56.3 million.  This is a sharp increase over the $22 million issued at the end of May 2012. 

“Building activity to the end of May continues to outpace the previous years.  We are expecting the strong Commercial and Industrial activity to continue into the third quarter of 2013,” said Sherry Sparks, the City of Moncton’s Director of Building Inspection.

May continued to be steady in the ‘other’ category of construction which includes several types of permits, such as signs, swimming pools, fences, sheds, garages, etc.  These permit values totalled nearly $500,000, which is up from the $419, 000 reported last May.

It is important to note that the requirements for enclosures for swimming pools are very specific and not every fence can be considered a swimming pool enclosure.  It is necessary for the department to be vigilant in enforcing proper construction of swimming pool enclosures as it is a safety issue.  To find more information on swimming pool enclosures, refer to the City of Moncton Zoning By-Law Z-202 and in particular section 2.21. 

In January of 2013, the City of Moncton took over the responsibility for building, development and planning services for the Town of Riverview.  Any residents, contractors or land developers wishing to accessing theses services can do so by going to Building Inspection Department located at 655 Main Street, 2nd floor.  You may also contact this department by phone at 856-4375 or by email at info.inspection@moncton.ca for any inquiries.

It is important to note that any structure being added to a site; including, accessory buildings, fences, decks, etc., require building and development permits, as stated in the Building By-Law Z-410 and Zoning By-Law Z- 202.  This allows the City of Moncton to ensure the structures comply with the National Building Code of Canada and the location meets the zoning requirements for the City of Moncton.

May 2013 highlights:

  • Construction of new Kent Building Supplies located at 45 Babineau Blvd valued at $5,000,000.00.
  • Construction of new service / repair garage (Parts for Trucks) located at 387 Desbrisay Avenue valued at $2,500,000.00
  • Construction of new retail / wholesale outlet (Atlantic Air Cooled Engines) located at 254 Horsman Road valued at $1,112,000.00.
  • Addition to existing senior’s residential facility located at 75 Briarlea Drive valued at $650,000.00.



Sherry Sparks
Director of Building Inspection
City of Moncton
(506) 856-4375

Kevin Silliker
Director, Economic Development
City of Moncton
(506) 853-3532