Burnaby building permits at highest levels since 2008 downturn
It wasn't a record year, but 2013 building permit figures were at their highest level in Burnaby since the economic downturn of 2008.
Last year, permits with a construction value totalling $674.7 million were issued by Burnaby city hall, according to a city staff report.
That's up significantly from 2012 when permits valued at $514.7 million were issued, 2011 ($615.5 million) and 2010 ($539.7 million).
Burnaby's record year was in 2008, when it approved $792.4 million worth of permits.
The effects of the global economic downturn weren't felt until the following year, in 2009, when the figure plummeted to just under $422 million.