Single-Family Permits Decline in May 2023

Over the first five months of 2023, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 357,143. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is 24.7% below the May 2022 level of 473,997.

Year-to-date ending in May, single-family permits declined in all four regions. The Northeast posted the lowest decline of 14.7%, while the West region reported the steepest decline of 33.5%. The Midwest declined by 23.9% and the South declined by 22.3% in single-family permits during this time. For multifamily permits, the South is the only region to post a modest increase of 3.2% while the other three regions posted declines. Multifamily permits in the West were down 7.8%, down in the Northeast by 21.7%, and down in Midwest by 23.3%.

Between May 2022 YTD and May 2023 YTD, except for Hawaii, all the other states and the District of Columbia reported declines in single-family permits. Hawaii posted a 25.3% increase while the other states posted declines ranging from 0.5% in New Jersey to 64.6% in Alaska. The ten states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 64.4% of the total single-family permits issued. Texas, the state with the highest number of single-family permits issued, declined 27.6% in the past 12 months while the next two highest states, Florida and North Carolina declined by 23.8% and 14.8% respectively.

Year-to-date, ending in May, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 247,005. This is 7.1% below the May 2022 level of 265,751.

Between May 2022 YTD and May 2023 YTD, 19 states recorded growth, while 31 states and the District of Columbia recorded a decline in multifamily permits. North Dakota led the way with a sharp rise in multifamily permits from 105 to 668 while Hawaii had the largest decline of 62.0% from 737 to 280. The ten states issuing the highest number of multifamily permits combined accounted for 65.1% of the multifamily permits issued. Texas, the state with the highest number of multifamily permits issued, declined 5.8% in the past 12 months while the next two highest states, Florida and California increased by 7.8% and 2.2% respectively.

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

Top 10 Largest SF Markets May-23 (# of units YTD, NSA) YTD % Change
(compared to May-22)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                         20,366 -17%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                         16,187 -27%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                           9,766 -22%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                           8,878 -43%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                           7,905 -19%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL                                           6,933 -16%
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                           6,256 -41%
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN                                           5,929 -25%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL                                           5,634 -19%
Raleigh, NC                                           5,425 -16%
For multifamily permits, below are the top ten local areas that issued the highest number of permits. 
Top 10 Largest MF Markets May-23 (# of units YTD, NSA) YTD % Change
(compared to May-22)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                                         13,932 -32%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                         11,173 -7%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                           9,513 15%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                           8,339 30%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                           7,855 18%
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                           7,372 -33%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL                                           7,112 14%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA                                           7,071 -12%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                           5,841 28%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO                                           5,744 4%




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