Development continued to increase in Highlands County in fiscal year 2015-2016. The county experienced a 38 percent increase in new commercial buildings and a 64 percent increase of commercial interior remodels. On paper, new housing starts were down 30 percent from the prior year. However, the previous year had higher-than-usual new starts related to the development of Cornell Colony, which was permitted for 44 single family residences.

Source: Highlands County Building Department Fiscal Year Report; October 2015 - September 2016



More than 5,400 building permits were issued in Highlands County in fiscal year 2015-2016. 


Fire Alarms 37


Commercial Misc. 25


Commercial Interior Remodel Only 23


New Commercial 18


Towers & Co-locates 13


Commercial Additions 7


Commercial Manufactured Buildings 3


The following projects were valued over $500,000.

  • Everglades Pediatric – New Dental Office
  • Wells Motor Company – Shop Addition and Storage Building
  • Highlands County BCC – Law Enforcement Facility
  • RCMA – New Daycare Facility
  • Publix – New Grocery Store Lake Placid
  • Oaks at Avon Nursing Home – Interior Remodel
  • Private Residence – Single Family residence in Sun ‘N Lake

*Sources: Florida Legislative Office of Economic and Demographic Research, US Census Bureau of Economic Analysis, CareerSource Heartland, Florida Labor Market Statistics https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/12055



Aluminum Additions(Carports,Scr.Rms, Pool Cages) 359


Residential Misc. 320


Residential Additions Attached 145


Residential Additions Detached 44


Residential Manufactured Building 6


Residential Interior Remodel 12


Source: Highlands County Building Department Fiscal Year Report; October 2015 - September 2016


Housing Units Permitted

1990 847
2000 450
2010 154
2011 77
2012 32
2013 62
2014 92
2015 158


Enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses; increasing industrial investment while facilitating the retention and successful expansion of existing business and industry.

Keep In Touch

Office of Economic Development
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
(E) tbenson@hcbcc.org
(P) 863.402.6924
(F) 863.402.6651