Wisconsin Building permits, 2013 by County

Data Item State
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Building permits, 2013 - (Number)
County Value
Adams 53
Ashland 10
Barron 67
Bayfield 79
Brown 1,093
Buffalo 28
Burnett 65
Calumet 108
Chippewa 226
Clark 33
Columbia 70
Crawford 29
Dane 2,855
Dodge 303
Door 152
Douglas 83
Dunn 105
Eau Claire 430
Florence 29
Fond du Lac 258
Forest 44
Grant 71
Green 41
Green Lake 22
Iowa 41
Iron 16
Jackson 35
Jefferson 173
Juneau 86
Kenosha 203
Kewaunee 35
La Crosse 456
Lafayette 17
Langlade 33
Lincoln 77
Manitowoc 69
Marathon 288
Marinette 91
Marquette 19
Menominee 6
Milwaukee 411
Monroe 106
Oconto 142
Oneida 162
Outagamie 721
Ozaukee 279
Pepin 13
Pierce 106
Polk 68
Portage 156
Price 50
Racine 210
Richland 34
Rock 142
Rusk 59
Sauk 111
Sawyer 102
Shawano 63
Sheboygan 99
St. Croix 320
Taylor 28
Trempealeau 69
Vernon 54
Vilas 139
Walworth 184
Washburn 47
Washington 383
Waukesha 927
Waupaca 73
Waushara 45
Winnebago 387
Wood 280

Value for Wisconsin (Number): 13,869

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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