Permit Activity Slows During January 2018

Compared to the large increase in the number of home-building permits pulled overall during 2017, 2018 is starting a bit slower. January 2018 shows a 9 percent decrease in the number of permits pulled compared to January 2017. However, January permit activity is typically one of the slowest months of the year, so the Home Builders Association does not expect January’s low number to set the tone for 2018 permit activity overall.

“One possible reason for the slow-down may be the shortage of labor,” said Josh Clark, executive vice president of the HBA. “The HBA has created a multi-pronged approach to address the shortage and we are excited to announce a partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors Heart of America Chapter and Workforce Partnership to provide training, which will address this skilled labor shortage.”

Olathe, Kan., topped the list of area cities with the largest number of permits issued in January with 60. Other cities at the top of the January permitting list are:

  • Kansas City, Mo. with 57 permits issued
  • Blue Springs and Lenexa both at 34 permits issued
  • Lee’s Summit with 26 permits issued
  • Independence at 26 units permitted

Click here for the January 2018 Residential Permit Stats report.