There’s a bit of a homebuilding boom in Kingman. Principal City Planner Rich Ruggles said there’s been a significant uptick in the number of permits issued for single family residential home construction the first six months of this year.

“We have seen a definite increase in the number of permits being issued by the City. Last year, as of this time, we had 99 home permits issued as of June 30th of last year,” Ruggles said. “This year we’re at 146, so that’s an increase of 47 permits and it’s actually a 47% increase so we’re on pace to do something close to 263 homes if year if we continue at that pace.”

Ruggles said 2006 was the last year that the city issued more than 300 permits for new homes. He said some contractors are building single homes while others are completing subdivisions.

“There’s a lot of infill that’s occurring throughout the town,” Ruggles said. “Some of the contractors are building smaller homes and anecdotally, I’ve heard that there’s a shortage of rental properties and rental homes in the area and some of these are being built for that purpose.”