Single-Family Permits Down in September 2023

Over the first nine months of 2023, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 693,908. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is 13.3% below the September 2022 level of 800,424.

Year-to-date ending in September, single-family permits declined in all four regions. The range of permit decline spanned 10.8% in the Northeast to 19.3% in the West. The South declined by 11.3% and the Midwest declined by 13.3% in single-family permits during this time. For multifamily permits, the percentage decline spanned 11.4% in the South region to 29.9% in the Northeast. The West declined by 15.3% and the Midwest declined by 20.1% in multifamily permits during this time.

Between September 2022 YTD and September 2023 YTD, except for Hawaii (+16.9%) and Maryland (+6.4%), all the other states and the District of Columbia reported declines in single-family permits. The range of declines spanned 4.1% in New Hampshire to 49.2% in Alaska. The ten states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 63.9% of the total single-family permits issued. Texas, the state with the highest number of single-family permits issued, declined 14.3% in the past 12 months while the next two highest states, Florida and North Carolina declined by 12.0% and 5.5% respectively.

Year-to-date, ending in September, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 433,862. This is 16.1% below the September 2022 level of 516,955.

Between September 2022 YTD and September 2023 YTD, 15 states recorded growth, while 35 states and the District of Columbia recorded a decline in multifamily permits. Delaware (+141.3%) led the way with a sharp rise in multifamily permits from 240 to 579 while Wyoming had the largest decline of 74.9% from 566 to 142. The ten states issuing the highest number of multifamily permits combined accounted for 64.0% of the multifamily permits issued. Texas, the state with the highest number of multifamily permits issued, declined 20.6% in the past 12 months while the next two highest states, Florida declined by 6.1% and California increased by 0.2%.

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 Sep-23 (# of units YTD, NSA) YTD % Change
(compared to Sep-22)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                           39,007 -1%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                           31,938 -12%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                           18,734 -14%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                           18,145 -22%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                           14,686 -5%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL                                           13,321 2%
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                           13,001 -29%
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN                                           11,033 -14%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL                                           10,904 -14%
Jacksonville, FL                                             9,707 -15%
For multifamily permits, below are the top ten local areas that issued the highest number of permits. 
Top 10 Largest MF Markets Sep-23 (# of units YTD, NSA) YTD % Change
(compared to Sep-22)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                                           22,707 -42%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                           18,725 -22%
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                           16,008 -14%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                           15,277 -27%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                           15,192 10%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA                                           15,179 -5%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL                                           14,025 33%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                           12,229 -18%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV                                             9,422 -39%
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA                                             8,557 -44%



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