Permits Data Delves Down to the County Level

Filed in Economics by on June 19, 2014 5 Comments

The Census Bureau recently released annual estimates of building permits issued at the county level. In 2013, 1,807 counties and county equivalents saw an increase in the number of single family permits issued over the prior year while 858 saw a decrease. County equivalents include the 64 parishes in Louisiana, 16 boroughs in Alaska, and 42 independent cities.

The map below provides a visual of the change in annual permit estimates in 2013 for single family units. Counties in blue saw an increase in the number of permits issued for single family housing units while the counties in red saw a decrease in the number of permits issued for single family housing units. Counties that saw no change, no permit activity, or with insufficient data are white.

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In 2013, 820 counties and county equivalents saw an increase in the number of multifamily permits issued over the prior year while 675 saw a decrease. One thousand four hundred and seventy-nine counties saw no multifamily permit activity in 2012 and 2013.

The map below provides a visual of the change in annual permit estimates in 2013 for multifamily units. Again, counties in blue saw an increase in the number of permits issued for multifamily housing units while the counties in red saw a decrease in the number of permits issued for single-family housing units. Counties that saw no change, no permit activity, or with insufficient data are white.

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The issuance of housing permits is a key metric for the housing industry. The number of  overall housing permits fell to 991,000 in May after three consecutive months at 1 million or above.

The Census Bureau collects data on building permits issued for new privately-owned residential housing units. The statistics are compiled through the Building Permit Survey (BPS) which is sent to permit-issuing jurisdictions. NAHB makes the most recent data available to the public for the states, the District of Columbia, and metropolitan statistical areas in the Construction Statistics section of NAHB.org.

 

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  1. Ray Bradicj says:

    Is it possible to get the maps in digital form so they can be enlarged to get better detail on a specific county in Florida.

    • To access the county level permit data used to populate these maps, you can go directly to the U.S. Census Building Permits Survey page at http://censtats.census.gov/bldg/bldgprmt.shtml. The page allows you to access monthly and annual permit data by county.

      NAHB also makes the most recent data available to the public for the states, the District of Columbia, and metropolitan statistical areas in the Construction Statistics section of NAHB.org.

      In addition, NAHB recently released an on-line tool that provides economic and housing statistics for all local associations. The statistics include single-family and multifamily permit data for local associations for 2013 and 2012.

    • I also would like to receive a digital version of the single family permits map. I am interested in the coastal areas of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida.

  2. Jerrie Mills says:

    I too would like more detail on may for the specific counties I serve .

  3. Robert Clifford says:

    I would love to see a map with remodeling permits.

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