Construction was one activity in Wisconsin that never stopped during the pandemic. But COVID-19 has slowed down home construction and remodeling. Residential building permits dropped in Wisconsin by nearly 7 percent from March to April, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.
Residential permit data compiled by the state Department of Safety and Professional Services shows over a thousand communities across Wisconsin have issued residential building permits so far this year, but most issued fewer than 10 permits.
While not immune to the economic downtown caused by the coronavirus, Madison has seen less of an impact than many communities across the state.
"There was a slight downturn initially, but things have rebounded fairly quickly," said George Hank, director of building inspection for the City of Madison.
New home construction started off strong around the state in 2020. The first three months of the year were 20 percent above the first quarter of 2019, according to the Wisconsin Home Builders Association.
As the pandemic took hold across the country, home building slowed. Nevertheless, builders remain optimistic.