Learn More: Building Permits


Variable Definitions:
New Building Permits: The number of new building permits in a year
Value of Construction Permits: The total value in dollars of all construction work (including finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment) for all issued construction permits for private property construction, alteration, or repair work
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Years Available:
1999 - 2015
Geographic Unit
Census Tracts in the City of Los Angeles

Why are these Variables Important to Measure?

New Building Permits
Building permits are required for any construction, alteration or repair work on private property within the city of Los Angeles. The number of new building permits is a measure of investment and development in a neighborhood, which can have both positive and negative impacts on a community. Renovation and new construction can increase property values, provide new employment opportunities, expand the capacity of existing and new businesses, and increase the supply of housing. On the other hand, new construction can raise concerns over increased traffic, parking difficulties, and displacement of low-income residents and small business owners through gentrification.
Value of Construction Permits
The value of work for issued construction permits shows the total costs associated with investment and development in a community. This is an important tool to measure the amount of capital and financial resources being invested in a neighborhood, and can be compared with the benefits of the developments to determine whether or not they had a net positive or negative impact.
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