Continued Gains for November Single-Family Permits


Over the first eleven months of 2020, total single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 888,217. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is an 12.2% increase over the November 2019 level of 791,452.

Year-to-date ending in November, single-family permits across the four regions ranged from an increase of 14.4% in the South to an increase of 8.0% in the Northeast. In multifamily permits, all four regions reported declines; West (-10.7%), Northeast (-10.5%), South (-8.6%), and the Midwest (-1.9%).

Between November 2019 YTD and November 2020 YTD, 45 states saw growth in single-family permits issued while five states and the District of Columbia registered a decline. Vermont recorded the highest growth rate during this time at 37.8% from 865 to 1,192 while single-family permits in the District of Columbia declined by 19.6%, from 163 in 2019 to 131 in 2020. The 10 states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 61.3% of the total single-family permits issued.

Year-to-date, ending in November 2020, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 429,734. This is 8.6% decline over the November 2019 level of 470,070.

Between November 2019 YTD and November 2020 YTD, 17 states and the District of Columbia recorded growth while 33 states recorded a decline in multifamily permits. South Dakota  led the way with a sharp rise (146.8%) in multifamily permits from 1,113 to 2,747, while New Hampshire reported the largest decline of 52.8% from 1,302 to 615. The 10 states issuing the highest number of multifamily permits combined accounted for 63.1% of the multifamily permits issued.

At the local level, below are top 10 metro areas that issued the highest number of single-family permits.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Single-family Permits: Nov (Units #YTD, NSA)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                                                           43,458
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                                                           39,492
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                                                           28,376
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                                                         25,559
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                                                           19,375
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                                                         16,399
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL                                                                           14,629
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL                                                                           14,169
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN                                                                           12,759
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV                                                                           12,254

For multifamily permits, below are the top 10 local areas that issued the highest number of permits:

Metropolitan Statistical Area  Multifamily Permits: Nov (Units #YTD, NSA)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                                                                         38,609
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                                                         19,535
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                                                         18,288
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA                                                                       14,867
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                                                         14,612
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL                                                                         13,371
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                                                         12,912
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA                                                                       12,479
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN                                                                         10,656
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI                                                                       10,063


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