Delays pinch PDX builders

Delays pinch PDX builders

Portland's Bureau of Development Services experienced economic cut-backs and had to let go over half of their building inspectors almost a year ago.

Now, the staff shortage results in building inspection delays that are costing local contractors money.

Beginning last August, the bureau responded to a decrease in new construction projects - and a corresponding drop in revenue - with a series of service cuts and employee layoffs. Previously, 76 building inspectors were able to complete 90 percent of the bureau’s residential inspections in 24 hours; now, 36 building inspectors need 48 hours to complete the same percentage of inspections, BDS spokesman Ross Caron said.

For a new construction project, builders say they usually end up paying between $25 and $50 in interest per day on a construction loan for the property they are building on. A residence normally requires six or seven critical inspections, and delays could lead to builders paying more interest on their loans.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.