This database contains data on permits for residential
construction issued by about 21,000 jurisdictions collected in
the Census Bureau's Building Permits Survey. You
can create output tables at the State, County, CBSA
or permit-issuing jurisdiction level.
Monthly data are available from January 1997 through the most recent reporting month for about 9,000 jurisdictions that respond to the monthly survey. The remaining jurisdictions report annual data only. Thus, annual figures will not necessarily match the monthly totals.
Please note that some county and independent city areas are not completely covered by permitting systems. Click here for a complete list of those counties and independent cities that are fully covered.
Final monthly data for any given calendar year is published in May of the following year. For that same calendar year, any data that is published prior to the final publication date is labeled as Preliminary in this application. Preliminary data issued in the current year is subject to subsequent monthly revision throughout it's given calendar year. Both preliminary and final monthly data may also include imputed values, created by the Census Bureau when actual jurisdictional permit activity is unavailable. Since County, State, and CBSA data are derived from aggregations of jurisdictional data, their totals may reflect a mix of both reported and imputed values, and thus are not identified as imputed values in their respective output tables.
Annual data are available from 1980 through the most recent reporting year, and may also contain imputed values.
** NOTE: Please exercise caution when comparing results from this website with those from the Census website. Data on the Census web site does not include concurrent year revisions to preliminary monthly data, nor does it reflect any of the revisions found in the Final monthly data. In a nutshell, Census displays only their originally published data while SOCDS data reflects all subsequent Census revisions.
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To retrieve data:
For high-volume data queries:
Click here to download the full database (Access 2000, updated annually).