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Monthly Update: Building Permits

October '19
Published on 11/27/19
Building Permits October 2019

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City of Houston building permits totaled $7.3 billion for the 12 months ending October ’19, up 15.9 percent from $6.3 billion for the same period in ’18, according to the latest data released by the city’s Public Works Department. Commercial permits rose 28.9 percent to $4.4 billion while residential permits increased 0.4 percent to $2.9 billion. 


City building permits totaled $560.5 million in October ’19, up 10.9 percent from $505.4 million in October ’18. Commercial permit values totaled $387.6 million, up 18.3 percent from $327.7 million in ’18. Residential permits were $172.9 million, a decrease of 2.7 percent from $177.7 million in ’18. 

Projects of note that were permitted in October:

  • Telephone Road Elderly Apartments ($17.9 million permit value) obtained a building permit in October to do a building remodel and minor sitework. This development undertaken by the Houston Housing Authority was last renovated in 1997 and is dedicated to effectively accommodating elderly and low-income individuals.
  • Sesco ($15.1 million combined permit value), was provided six permits to build three new cement storage buildings, two transfer towers and belt conveyors and a loading station at Sesco’s Port Houston location.

Berina Suljic Cologlu
Analyst, Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Key Economic Indicators Real Estate Building Activity
$560.5 million

City of Houston building permits totaled $560.5 million in October '19

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