Permits - Documentation
The Building Permits and Value data series contains building permit statistics
on new privately-owned residential construction. The series is consists of three
- Housing Units
Housing Units A housing unit is defined as a house, apartment, a
group of rooms or a single room intended for occupancy as separate living
quarters. Separate living quarters are defined as quarters in which the
occupants live separately from any other individuals. Consequently, each
apartment unit in an apartment building is counted as one housing unit.
Buildings Number of buildings
Cost The valuation of the building as reported on the building permit.
The information provided in the series is based upon reports submitted by local
building permit officials in response to a mail survey.
Most of the permit-issuing jurisdictions in Oklahoma are municipalities; the
remainder are counties, or unincorporated towns. For the municipalities, and
towns, the area subject to building permit requirements to which the figures
pertain is normally that of the governmental jurisdictions. The data has
also been aggregated to the county level.
The portion of total construction measurable from building permit records is
limited since building permit records do not reflect construction activity
outside of areas subject to permit requirements.
Building permit statistics are also influenced by at least two other factors.
First, some building permit jurisdictions in Oklahoma close their books a few
days prior to the end of the reporting period so that the time reference for
permits is not, in all cases, strictly the calendar month/year.
Secondly, a portion of the single-family houses built in permit-issuing places
are built without a permit - some studies place this figure at 3 percent nation
For additional information about the Residential Building Permits Series
Center for Economic and Management Research
Michael F. price College of Business
The University of Oklahoma
307 W. Brooks
Norman, Oklahoma 73019