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Data Dashboard: Commercial Building Permits

Title

Commercial Building Permits

Trend at a Glance


At last count

643 permits issued in 2014

Current Through

2014

Category

Development

What does this measure?

This indicator provides the count and cumulative dollar value of all permits issued annually that change the tax value of commercial real property. Such changes include new construction, additions, renovations, and demolitions. Issued permits that do not modify the taxable value of real property, such as permits for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other minor alterations, are not reported in this indicator. Because construction is a key measure of economic activity, this indicator provides insight into the health of the local economy, land development patterns, and building industry status. Because the permits included here are only those that change tax value, this indicator may be used to estimate changes to the property tax base on a year-to-year basis. Note that numbers reported for prior years are not adjusted to reflect changes to municipal planning jurisdictions, including voluntary annexations or modifications to extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas.

How is Wake County performing?

The effects of the national economic downturn were apparent in Wake County’s construction sector. In 2009, the number of permits issued fell 43%, and the dollar value of those permits fell 78%. Recovery in both number and value of commercial permits has been gradual.

Did you know?

2014 was the strongest year for both the number and value of commercial building permits since 2009.

Data Source

Data Considerations

Note that numbers reported for prior years are not adjusted to reflect changes to municipal planning jurisdictions, including voluntary annexations or modifications to extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas. 

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

Data is made available monthly by the Wake County Revenue Department.

Related Resources

Revisions

January 2015: Revised to reflect 2014 year totals

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Created at 7/29/2014 4:06 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 2/25/2015 4:13 PM by Melinda B. Taylor
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