Monthly Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits
Last Updated on Wednesday, June 11 2014 14:11
Dollars are not inflation-adjusted
The purpose of the Building Permits Survey is to provide national, state, and local statistics on the number and valuation of new privately-owned housing units authorized by building permit. The U.S. Census Bureau surveys local permit issuing authorities to obtain this data. The Building Permits Survey covers all "permit-issuing places," which are jurisdictions that issue building or zoning permits. Zoning permits are used only for areas that do not require building permits but require zoning permits. Areas for which no authorization is required to construct a new privately-owned housing unit are not included in the survey.
Data included are (1) the number of new housing units authorized to be built by building permits and the valuation of those permits. The data relate to new housing units intended for occupancy and maintained by the occupants. They exclude hotels, motels, and group residential structures such as nursing homes and college dormitories. Also excluded are "HUD-code" manufactured (mobile) home units, and units that are created in an existing residential or nonresidential structure.
A housing unit, as defined by the Census, is a house, an apartment, a group of rooms or a single room intended for occupancy as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live separately from any other individuals in the building and which have a direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall. In accordance with this definition, each apartment unit in an apartment building is counted as one housing unit.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce - The U.S. Census Bureau New Residential Construction - for the Cincinnati, MSA, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, the United States and the counties comprising the Cincinnati MSA.