New York Building permits, 2013 by County

Data Item State
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Building permits, 2013 - (Number)
County Value
Albany 616
Allegany 46
Bronx 2,638
Broome 52
Cattaraugus 92
Cayuga 95
Chautauqua 105
Chemung 81
Chenango 173
Clinton 106
Columbia 151
Cortland 43
Delaware 96
Dutchess 411
Erie 1,707
Essex 113
Franklin 55
Fulton 110
Genesee 48
Greene 94
Hamilton 38
Herkimer 67
Jefferson 518
Kings 6,140
Lewis 69
Livingston 91
Madison 98
Monroe 739
Montgomery 30
Nassau 794
New York 4,856
Niagara 227
Oneida 286
Onondaga 799
Ontario 364
Orange 742
Orleans 22
Oswego 149
Otsego 65
Putnam 95
Queens 3,161
Rensselaer 251
Richmond 1,200
Rockland 367
Saratoga 1,009
Schenectady 93
Schoharie 40
Schuyler 88
Seneca 36
St. Lawrence 142
Steuben 80
Suffolk 1,382
Sullivan 254
Tioga 59
Tompkins 220
Ulster 151
Warren 166
Washington 85
Wayne 76
Westchester 608
Wyoming 29
Yates 63

Value for New York (Number): 32,581

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Construction--Building Permits. Updated monthly, summarized here annually.


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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