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Building Permits

The Census Bureau identified a processing error affecting estimates for imputed data by permit-issuing place and county for August 2014, originally released on September 25, 2014. On October 8, 2014, new estimates were compiled and released, which impacted less than 6% percent of places. For the places affected, the average correction was approximately 2 housing units. Data for the metropolitan area, state and national level were unaffected by this error.

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This application provides construction statistics by permit-issuing place and by county on new privately-owned residential housing units authorized by building permits. Data items include number of buildings, units, and construction cost from new privately-owned residential building permits issued. These data are updated monthly. Most of the permit-issuing jurisdictions are municipalities; the remainder are county offices, townships or unincorporated towns.

The Census Bureau requests monthly reports from a statistical sample of about half of all permit-issuing jurisdictions. This monthly sample is re-selected every 10 years, most recently in 2004. Annual reports are requested from the permit-issuing jurisdictions that are not in the monthly sample.

All individual permit-issuing jurisdictions in the universe are listed at the place level. Monthly place-level data are provided for the individual permit-issuing jurisdictions that are requested to report monthly within a given state. Annual place-level data are provided for all individual permit-issuing jurisdictions within a given state regardless of reporting status.

Monthly county-level data are totals provided for each county in which every permit office within that county is requested to report monthly. Annual county-level data are totals provided for each county that has permit-issuing jurisdictions regardless of reporting status.