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US Building Permits

Gain understanding of housing supply through analysis of building permits issued in the past five years for every county or Jurisdiction level.

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Aterio diligently maintains this dataset on a monthly basis, ensuring it undergoes thorough transformation and cleaning to enhance its usability. Moreover, users have the flexibility to access data stretching back to 2000, facilitating a comprehensive analysis of historical trends in specific regions. The Survey of Construction Data Survey (SOCDS) is the data source that examines the issuance of building permits across various categories, including single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, 2-unit, 3&4-unit, and 5+ unit multifamily residences, over time. This dataset provides intricate month-by-month insights into construction activity within designated counties. It serves as an essential resource for diverse stakeholders such as data analysts, researchers, policymakers, and industry professionals, all of whom seek to gain profound insights into the dynamics of housing supply and construction trends within targeted geographic areas.

Database Components

  • SOCDS provides an extensive collection of historical data, covering multiple years and offering a detailed record of building permits issued within designated counties.
  • With SOCDS data, analysts have the opportunity to conduct diverse analyses, uncovering patterns, trends, and correlations associated with building permit issuance. This includes identifying seasonal variations, evaluating the influence of economic factors on construction activity, and assessing the effectiveness of policy measures.
  • Metadata mapping linking attribute names to cities jurisdiction and counties, and Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs).

Primary Fields Included

  • County
  • City
  • CBSAs
  • State

Business Needs:

Housing Market Analysis

  • Analyze historical trends and patterns in housing construction activity, including seasonal variations and economic impacts.

Real Estate Development and Investment

  • Assess demand for new housing units and inform investment decisions based on housing supply dynamics.

Urban Planning and Infrastructure Development

  • Monitor residential growth and plan infrastructure improvements based on housing construction activity.

Economic Impact Analysis

  • Evaluate the economic contribution of the construction industry and inform policy decisions on housing affordability.

Academic Research and Housing Studies

  • Facilitate research on housing markets, urban development, and demographic trends to support educational initiatives.

Demographic Analysis and Population Forecasting

  • Analyze housing construction's relationship with population growth and forecast future housing demands for urban planning.

Why Choose Aterio:

  • Granular Permit Jurisdiction Information: Offers detailed information on permits issued by jurisdiction, providing a comprehensive understanding of permit distribution.
  • Customized Dataset: Tailors the dataset to include specific parameters and variables of interest, ensuring relevance and usability for diverse analytical needs.
  • Monthly Data Refresh: Ensures access to up-to-date information with monthly dataset updates, allowing users to make informed decisions based on the latest data trends.


Column NameDescription
COUNTY_FIPS_CODEFederal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code for counties
COUNTY_NAMECounty name
JURISCity Jurisdiction
PERMITSNumber of building permits
PERMIT_TYPEType of building permit
STATE_CODEState code