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Latest blog post Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Is COVID-19 affecting Chicago building permits?
by Steven Vance

One of Chicago Cityscape’s members is a service provider for property owners and was trying to see building permit trends and if the novel coronavirus pandemic was affecting building permits in the city. They emailed me after looking at the year-over-year building permits spreadsheet in their custom sales area (which is drawn as a Personal Place). Knowing the trend is key to their forecasting and business development efforts.

The short answer of COVID-19’s impact on building permits, based purely on the rate of building permits issued, is it’s hard to tell. That’s because the rate of issuing building permits for new construction in Chicago declined by 1.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, by 10.4 percent from 2018 to 2019, and we don’t have enough information to know if...

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