Building Permits

Residential (single & multifamily) Building Permits by Place

Below are comparisons of building activity in Central Oregon relative to other metro areas in Oregon and other Western metros that compete on either a lifestyle or economic development basis. In the tri-county area of Central Oregon, building permit activity through 2007 was strongest in Deschutes County. 2008 and 2009 have experienced a marked decline in building permit activity, although not at a standstill.

Building Permits in Central Oregon
Area 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Thru Q2 2009
Deschutes County 1,980 2,140 2,268 2,268 3,366 4,002 3,137 1,613 682 179
- Bend 892 1,014 1,246 1,331 1,801 2,142 1,566 790 289 81
- Redmond 360 481 397 516 725 841 537 285 142 31
- Sisters 11 23 29 16 24 81 90 62 24 3
Crook County 203 203 172  219 289 341 356 169 71 NA
Jefferson County 207 176 97 111 122 235 117 42 35 NA
Tri-County Total 2,390 2,519 2,437 2,598 3,777 4,578 3,610 1,824 788 NA

Sources: US Census Bureau (Annual New Privately-Owned Residential Building Permits).In some instances, Census Bureau figures are lower
than what local county planning departments report but are used for comparability.  Crook and Jefferson Counties report annual numbers but
not monthly numbers to the Census Bureau.
 


Central Oregon Compared to Other Cities in Oregon     

Relative to other metro areas in Oregon, Central Oregon had the highest rate of building permits in 2007, on both an absolute basis as well as on a per-thousand-population basis.

Central Oregon Building Permits Compared to Other Areas in Oregon
Areas 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Thru Q2 2009
Central Oregon 2,275 2,382 2,441 2,466 3,618 4,346 3,323 1,824 788 197*
Hillsboro 649 545 708 785 697 882 1,065 574 199 88
Medford 289 369 453 711 625 604 443 370 107 74
Salem 538 556  659 679 702 867 633 581 283 83
Gresham 352 487 484 448 397  382 255  323 119 54
Beaverton 244 408 429 262 468 344 252 222  208 133
Portland 959 1,142 1,198 1,291 1,117 1,117 1,420 1,384 721 229
Eugene 643 656 693 578 624 812 557 327 193 63

Sources: US Census Bureau (Annual New Privately-Owned Residential Building Permits). In some instances, Census Bureau figures are
lower than what local county planning departments report but are used for comparability.
* Central Oregon number does not include not reporting areas - unincorporated Crook County or City of Madras in Jefferson County. 

Central Oregon Compared to Other western cities

Among other cities in the Western U.S., Central Oregon has had one of the highest levels of building activity.  Even though building permits have dropped off considerably from the peak in 2004, activity level in the tri-county area has outpaced other cities the region is frequently compared to.

Central Oregon Building Permits Compared to Select Western Cities
County 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

2006

2007 2008
Central Oregon 2275 2382 2441 2446 3618 4346 3323 1824 788
Boise ID 1059 924 817 807 732 1049 699 578 205
Coeur d’ Alene, ID 329 331 340 381 642 695 322 301 230
Spokane, WA 257 362  394  561 602 748 574 426 200
Bellingham, WA 329 329 284 326 401 263 158 245 76
Salt Lake City, UT 219 221 150 115 97 125 123 78 48
St. George, UT 635 831 1029 1367 1680 1652 944 767 299
Cedar City, UT 143 128  167 199 333 612 529 283 160
Reno, NV 1360 1490 1485 1878 2914 2989 1527 1008 692
Sparks, NV 887 1154 1066 1350 987 1322 1128 616 153
Carson City, NV 276 323 313 199 144 117 120 47 16
Boulder, CO 115 60 88 99 92 90 71 57 118
Ft. Collins, CO 1059 1170 1262 1051 1058 775 491 431 303
Folsom, CA 1243 940 627 741 770 567 493 20 126
Redding, CA 469 511 612 489 390 753 371 14 197
Flagstaff,AZ 260 491 470 468 320 379 435 175 106
Prescott, AZ 475 527 658 630 672 619 536 225 117
Missoula, MT 338 312  506 520 426 477 337 310 201
Bozeman, MT 268 298 339 415 454 481 385 369 160


Sources: US Census Bureau (Annual New Privately-Owned Residential Building Permits) and Portland State University Population Research Center.
In some instances, Census Bureau figures are lower than what local county planning departments report but are used for comparability.

In the Publications section, EDCO Profiles and Data - Demographic, Consumer Expenditure, and Business/Workforce from Oregon Prospector may be helpful.


 


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