Through September, about 90,000 building permits have been issued throughout the state in 2018. This is 7 percent more than the first nine months of 2017.
Single family homes (45,728) have made up about half of the statewide total so far this year. September single family permits beat 2017 levels by 6 percent. Single family permits have exceeded 2017 levels in every month of 2018 except June. Overall, single family permits are up 9 percent through the first nine months of 2018 compared to 2017.
Multifamily housing units (44,518) account for the other half of the statewide total. Multifamily permits have been relatively weak for two months in a row. Similar to August in which multifamily permits fell 26 percent below 2017 levels, September totals were 25 percent less than a year ago. Despite these two weak months, multifamily permits are up 5 percent through the first nine months of 2018 compared to 2017.
Permitting has been trending upward in San Joaquin County since the beginning of 2017. The county has issued an average of 175 permits per month since 2013. In 2017, an average of 215 per month were issued. This has jumped to 315 thus far in 2018.
Data source: CIRB (Construction Industry Research Board), a service provided by the California Homebuilding Foundation http://www.mychf.org/cirb.html.