Permits Continue Upward Trend (Oct. 2017)

Local home builders look forward to a busy winter and spring building season with 585 permits issued during October, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Year-to-date total permits are the highest in 10 years with 5,236 single family permits compared to 2016 with 4,748.

Permit activity through October has increased 10 percent as compared to 2016 at this time. Multi-family construction has slowed compared to recent years, with 1,903 units permitted to date.

“The HBA has focused this year on strengthening our relationships with local government officials,” reported Josh Clark, executive vice president of the HBA. “As residential building continues to increase, it is crucial that we all work together on building regulations, development and growth issues.”

The counties with the biggest increases in permits pulled in October were Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson County, Kan., with an increase of 15 percent in Jackson County and 18 percent in Johnson County. Lee’s Summit, Olathe and Overland Park are the cities responsible for much of the increase in those counties.

Kansas City, Mo., continues to top the list of area cities in number of permits issued with 826. Other cities in the top permitting list are: Olathe with 558, Lee’s Summit at 418, Overland Park with 390 and Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County rounding out the top five at 285. Overall, permits issued in Missouri account for 56 percent of the total and Kansas for 44 percent.

Click here for the October 2017 Residential Permit Stats report.