This database contains data on permits for residential construction issued
by about 21,000 jurisdictions collected in the Census Bureau's Building
Permits Survey. (Documentation available
here.) You can create output tables at the State, County, MSA, CBSA (1999 MSA/PMSA
and 2003 CBSA definitions.) or permit-issuing jurisdiction level. Monthly
data are available from January 1997 through November 2020 for about 9,000
jurisdictions that respond to the monthly survey. The remaining jurisdictions
report annual data only. Annual data are available from 1980 through 2019.
State and Metropolitan Area monthly data do not include imputations of data,
created by the Census Bureau, for the jurisdictions within them that report
only annual data.
Note: Since the source data used in the "State Year-To-Date" report is pre-adjusted by Census to account for missing annual reporters, it will not match the statewide totals in the "Past 36 Months" report, which is aggregated from unadjusted monthly place-level data.
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