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Double-Digit Increases in New Permits in July

Posted September 7, 2020

Three of Southwest Ohio counties experienced double-digit increases in single-family housing permits in July, reported the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA). Overall, single-family permits increased 3.2% from June, added the HBA.

Butler County permits jumped 42.3% in July, while Clermont County registered an increase of 34.2%, and Warren County showed a 7.7% increase. Only Hamilton County experienced a drop of -47.2% from June.

A total of 1,649 single-family permits were issued through July of this year, compared to 1,702 in 2019, resulting in a -3.1% decrease for the year. Construction permits were included from Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties.

“The housing market is recovering from the COVID slowdown earlier this year in dramatic fashion,” said Dan Dressman, HBA Executive Director. “Preliminary numbers for August indicate a continuation of the robust rebound. However, lumber price increases have the potential of choking off the recovery,” he added.

The top ten markets in the four-county Southwest Ohio region for single-family through July were as follows.

  1. Deerfield Township (Warren Co.) -180
  2. Liberty Township (Butler Co.) – 164
  3. Hamilton Township (Warren Co.) – 100
  4. Miami Township (Clermont Co.) - 97
  5. City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) – 61
  6. Batavia Township (Clermont Co.) – 60
  7. Turtle Creek Township (Warren Co.) – 59
  8. Village of Morrow (Warren Co.) – 58
  9. City of Middletown (Warren Co.) – 58
  10. Clear Creek Township (Warren Co.) – 58
  11. West Chester Township (Butler Co.) – 51
  12. Village of Amelia (Clermont Co.) - 45

Below are the number of single-family permits issued in the four-county area through July 2020, compared to July 2019.

County 2020 2019 % Change (through July)
*Butler 368 336 +9.5%
*Clermont 303 298 +1.7%
**Hamilton 284 346 -17.9%
*Warren 694 722 -3.9%
Total 1,649 1,702 -3.1%

The HBA 57th HOMEARAMA® at Walworth Junction, in the city of Cincinnati’s East End, will be held Oct. 10-25. Visit CincyHomearama.com for specific details and advance tickets.

“Specific COVID-19 safety procedures will be implemented to ensure that attendees have both an enjoyable and safe experience,” said Dressman.


**Note: Totals in Hamilton Co. do not include any single-family permits issued from the City of Harrison because they were not made available to the data service collector.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, established in 1934, represents residential construction interests in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Ross, and Warren counties in Southwest Ohio.