Permit Activity Holds Steady in 2018 (August 2018)

Residential permits issued in August increased both from July 2018 and from August of last year.  The 513 single family units permitted during the month brings the year-to-date total to 4,107 which is nearly unchanged from the 4,130 permits issued during 2017’s first eight months, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Multi-family units (five or more units in one building) has surpassed the same period last year, with 2,345 units permitted in 2018 compared to 1,213 in 2017.

Click here for the August 2018 Residential Permit Stat report.

The ten most active cities list remains the same as last year at this point, with the exception of 2 changes:  Blue Springs and Independence have replaced Raymore and Shawnee.  Additionally, the total permits issued by the 10 busiest cities has decreased from 2,698 to 2,603 – indicating new home construction is spread widely throughout the entire metro area.

Comparing permit activity on a county-wide basis, the Missouri counties have decreased by an overall total of 42 permits.  However, Jackson county and Platte county have increased by 241 permits, offsetting the decrease of 283 in Clay and Cass counties.  The Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, and Miami have remained fairly constant with an increase of 19 permits compared to the same period in 2017.

The Fall Parade of Homes, running now through October 7, features 330 new homes.  Builders have reported heavy traffic through their homes, indicating interest remains high with local home buyers.