2018 Permit Activity Slows From Prior Year (December 2018)

Local cities and counties permitted a total of 630 single family units in November and December.  The 2018 year-to-date total of 5,673 is an 8% decrease from 2017’s total, but returns to the 2016 level of permit activity, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report.  Multi-family unit permits (five or more units in one building) have surpassed 2017’s total, with 3,245 units permitted in 2018 compared to 2,434 in 2017.

Click here for the December 2018 Residential Statistics Permit report.

Attached homes continue to grow in popularity throughout the metro area with over 600 units described as either a villa or townhome permitted during 2018.

Kansas City remains the top permitting city, with 809 single family permits issued in Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties.  Olathe was the second most active city, with 521 permits and Overland Park was third busiest with 385 units permitted.  The Jackson county cities of Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit were the fourth and fifth busiest, with 382 and 372 single family unit permits issued, respectively.   Overall, the top ten cities issued 3,574 single family permits during 2018, compared with 3,984 issued by the ten most active during 2017.