Louisiana Building permits, 2013 by County

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Building permits, 2013 - (Number)
County Value
Acadia Parish 135
Allen Parish 7
Ascension Parish 907
Assumption Parish 35
Avoyelles Parish 76
Beauregard Parish 32
Bienville Parish 0
Bossier Parish 1,287
Caddo Parish 279
Calcasieu Parish 1,097
Caldwell Parish 6
Cameron Parish 59
Catahoula Parish 15
Claiborne Parish 0
Concordia Parish 13
De Soto Parish 18
East Baton Rouge Parish 1,220
East Carroll Parish 0
East Feliciana Parish 32
Evangeline Parish 50
Franklin Parish 12
Grant Parish 43
Iberia Parish 109
Iberville Parish 88
Jackson Parish 24
Jefferson Davis Parish 61
Jefferson Parish 246
La Salle Parish 2
Lafayette Parish 1,372
Lafourche Parish 318
Lincoln Parish 70
Livingston Parish 647
Madison Parish 58
Morehouse Parish 81
Natchitoches Parish 53
Orleans Parish 895
Ouachita Parish 610
Plaquemines Parish 95
Pointe Coupee Parish 46
Rapides Parish 359
Red River Parish 0
Richland Parish 38
Sabine Parish 44
St. Bernard Parish 40
St. Charles Parish 102
St. Helena Parish 0
St. James Parish 53
St. John the Baptist Parish 45
St. Landry Parish 138
St. Martin Parish 182
St. Mary Parish 69
St. Tammany Parish 1,193
Tangipahoa Parish 689
Tensas Parish 11
Terrebonne Parish 256
Union Parish 23
Vermilion Parish 184
Vernon Parish 111
Washington Parish 74
Webster Parish 36
West Baton Rouge Parish 231
West Carroll Parish 0
West Feliciana Parish 39
Winn Parish 0

Value for Louisiana (Number): 14,015

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Construction--Building Permits. Updated monthly, summarized here annually. http://www.census.gov/construction/bps/.


Building permits represent the number of new privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in the United States. A housing unit, as defined for purposes of this report, is a house, an apartment, a group of rooms or a single room intended for occupancy as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live separately from any other individuals in the building and which have a direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall. In accordance with this definition, each apartment unit in an apartment building is counted as one housing unit. Housing units, as distinguished from “HUD-code” manufactured (mobile) homes, include conventional “site-built” units, prefabricated, panelized, componentized, sectional, and modular units. Housing unit statistics in these tables exclude group quarters (such as dormitories and rooming houses), transient accommodations (such as transient hotels, motels, and tourist courts), "HUD-code" manufactured (mobile) homes, moved or relocated units, and housing units created in an existing residential or nonresidential structure.

These numbers provide a general indication of the amount of new housing stock that may have been added to the housing inventory. Since not all permits become actual housing starts and starts lag the permit stage of construction, these numbers do not represent total new construction, but should provide a general indicator on construction activity and the local real estate market.

The value of new private housing units is the sum of the estimated valuation of construction on each building permit authorized in that year by local permit-issuing jurisdictions.

Scope and Methodology:

Building permits data are based on reports submitted by local building permit officials in response to a Census Bureau mail survey of 20,000 permit-issuing places. They are obtained using Form C-404, Report of New Privately Owned Residential Building or Zoning Permits Issued. Data are collected from individual permit offices, most of which are municipalities; the remainder are counties, townships, or New England and Middle Atlantic-type towns. When a report is not received, missing data are either (1) obtained from the Survey of Construction, which is used to collect information on housing starts, or (2) imputed.

The number of new housing units authorized by county is obtained by directly cumulating the data for the permit-issuing places to counties. Although not subject to sampling variability, data are subject to various nonsampling errors. Explicit measures of their effects generally are not available, but it is believed that most of the significant response and operational errors were detected and corrected in the course of the Census Bureau''s review of the data for reasonableness and consistency.

The portion of residential construction measurable from building permits records is inherently limited since such records obviously do not reflect construction activity outside of areas subject to local permits requirements. For the nation as a whole, less than 2 percent of all privately owned housing units are constructed in areas not requiring building permits. However, this proportion varies greatly from state to state and among counties. Any attempt to use these figures for inter-area comparisons of construction volume must, at best, be made cautiously and with broad reservations.

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