February Residential Permits Show Effects of Winter

Residential building permit numbers decreased during February most likely due largely to the cold and snowy weather, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report.   There were 219 single family permits issued during February.  As in 2013, when severe winter weather slowed down February activity, the number of permits decreased from January.  However, the year-to-date total of 502 is the highest since 2007.

Comparing 2014 and 2013 year-to-date totals, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Leavenworth counties have shown increases while Wyandotte has issued the same number of permits each year and Johnson and Miami counties have decreased.  Year to date Johnson County leads the area with 183 single family units, followed by Jackson County with 94, Clay County with 82, Platte County with 54, and Wyandotte with 38.

Kansas City remains the top permitting jurisdiction with 92 units in 2014 followed by Olathe at 67, Overland Park at 51, and Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County and Blue Springs both with 38.  The top ten permitting jurisdictions are rounded out with Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, Lenexa, Grain Valley and Platte County.  Click here for permit statistics.