More Than 6,000 Single-Family Permits Issued in 2017 (Dec. 2017)

KANSAS CITY, MO – The number of single family permits totaled 6,218 in 2017 – the first time in 10 years permit activity has surpassed the 6,000 level, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. With an increase of 701 permits, 2017 registered a 13 percent increase over the total for 2016.  Additionally, this number of permits approaches the median annual level of 6,385 reported over the past 37 years.

Click here for the December 2017 Residential Permit Stats report.

“About six months into 2017 we were pretty sure that the number of permits pulled in 2017 would surpass the previous year’s number,” said Josh Clark, executive vice president of the HBA. “But we didn’t think it would be more than 10 percent so to have a 13 percent increase in permits pulled is very exciting and reinforces the HBA’s confidence that the home-building industry is strong.”

Nationally, the National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicts further growth in 2018, stating that “builders are continuing to increase single-family production to meet growing demand for housing. With low unemployment and increasing owner-occupied household formation, single-family starts should continue to make gains in 2018.”

Kansas City, Mo., topped the list of area cities with the largest number of permits issued in 2017 with 935, although this is a decrease of 155 permits from 2016. Other cities at the top of the 2017 permitting list are:

  • Olathe with 638 permits issued
  • Lee’s Summit at 468 permits issued
  • Overland Park with 462 permits issued
  • Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County with 309 permits issued