Florida Swimming Pool Construction Review: Q3-2019

An HBW quarterly report on the latest construction data for new swimming pool construction in Florida from January through September 2019

Since the start of this year (through September 2019), new swimming pool construction in Florida has continued its upward growth pattern that we have seen for the last five years.  Through Q3-2019, there have been more than 19,650 new swimming pool permits added to the HBW database for Florida, reflecting a 6 percent year-over-year increase in pool starts.  Out of the six major regions reviewed (Southeast, Southwest, West, Central, Northeast, Northwest), the highest concentration of new pool permits originated from the southwestern region (5,262 permits), and the area that has exhibited the greatest amount of growth so far this year is the western region (+14 percent).

Here is a breakdown of total permits, top counties and areas experiencing growth in new swimming pool construction throughout the Sunshine State through the third quarter of 2019:

Southwest Florida

In the southwest, there have been more than 5,260 pool starts since the beginning of the year, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 9 percent.  The counties with higher levels of new pool construction include: Lee County (1,591 permits), Collier County (1,200 permits) and Sarasota County (1,047 permits).

West Florida

Through Q3-2019, West Florida has experienced a 14 percent year-over-year increase in swimming pool construction, resulting in 3,825 new permits added to the HBW database.  More than half of all new pool construction took place in the two counties of Hillsborough (1,191 permits) and Pasco (775 permits), with both counties reflecting year-over-year gains of 4 percent and 27 percent respectively.

Southeast Florida

In comparison to the same time last year, new pool construction is tracking slightly higher in the southeast.  Since the start of this year, there have been 3,540 pool starts, reflecting a 2 percent year-over-year increase in new swimming pool construction.  The counties with the highest concentration of new permits and carrying more than half of all new swimming pool construction activity are Palm Beach (1,111 permits) and Miami-Dade (976 permits).

Central Florida

Out of all Florida regions reviewed, Central Florida is the only one where new pool construction has been slowing as of late.  Last year, the area had experienced an annual decrease of 11 percent in new pool construction, and so far this year, the slowing has continued.  Since the start of this year (Q3-2019), there have been 3,090 pool starts in Central Florida, reflecting a year-over-year decrease of 5 percent.  While new pool construction has decreased in the region overall, the larger County of Orange is exhibiting a rise in swimming pool construction, with a 15 percent year-over-year increase that has resulted in more than 1,100 permits on file with HBW.

Northwest Florida

Since the start of this year, the northwestern region of Florida has experienced a 10 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction, resulting in nearly 2,000 new permits added to the HBW database.  Counties exhibiting both higher concentrations of new permits and growth in construction include Santa Rosa County (418 permits) with an 18 percent year-over-year increase and Walton County (303 permits) with a 24 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction.

Northeast Florida

New pool construction in the northeastern region of Florida is ahead of last year’s figures by 7 percent, resulting in approximately 1,940 new pool permits for the area.  The areas where more than half of all new construction has taken place include the counties of St. Johns (~650 permits) and Duval (504 permits).

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