New home construction in Franklin County is holding steady through the first four months of 2012.

The county building department issued 10 permits for new single-family dwellings last month, down from 11 issued in April 2011.

The county issued 57 permits total in April out of 59 applications received.

On the year, 32 single-family home permits have been issued. Through the first four months of 2011, 29 permits had been issued.

The county estimated an average construction cost of $212,500 for the homes issued permits last month.

On the year, the average is $181,831.25. The same average, for slightly fewer homes, from January through April of 2011 was $207,001.90.

The 10 permits issued is the lowest for the month since 2010, when only eight were issued. In 2009, 14 permits were issued in April. In 2008, the number was 11. In 2007, two dozen single-family home permits were issued.

Other permits issued by the county in April and the estimated construction cost estimates were:

Other nonresidential buildings, three permits, $85,500;

Structures other than buildings, one permit, $8,000;

Residential additions and modifications, eight permits, $180,100;

Nonresidential additions and modifications, three permits, $425,000;

Residential garage and carport additions, seven permits, $125,000; and

Commercial storage buildings, one permit, $95,000.

The county also issued four permits for manufactured homes, 18 electric permits and two sewer permits last month. Those permits do not have associated cost estimates.