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Monthly Update: Building Permits

July '22, Latest Data
Published on 9/6/22

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City of Houston building permits totaled $7.3 billion for the 12 months ending July ’22, up $1.2 billion (21.4 percent) from $6.0 billion issued over the same period in ’21, according to the latest data from the city’s Public Works Department. 

  • Commercial permits jumped 20.2 percent to $4.0 billion.
  • Residential permits jumped 22.9 percent to $3.3 billion. 

Construction inside the city continues to surge. Through July, the city has issued permits for:

  • $1.5 billion in renovation work, compared to $1.1 billion over the comparable period in ’21,
  • $1.139 billion in single-family construction, versus $928.9 July YTD in ’21,
  • $634.9 million for multifamily projects, up from the $419.9 million in ’21, and
  • $407.6 million in new office, bank, and professional buildings, versus $193.7 million in the first seven months of ’21.

As with many other industries, construction continues to suffer from materials and labor shortages and escalating prices for both.

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research Division 

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Clara Richardson
Research Associate 


Key Economic Indicators Real Estate Building Activity
$1.0 billion

City of Houston building permits totaled $1.0 billion in July '22

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