Building Permit Data
Every new construction project and any significant improvement to an existing structure requres a building permit issued by the local government--the county or an incorporated municipality.
Six major jurisdictions—Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties—issue permits in the Baltimore region. In addition, permits are issued by the City of Annapolis and the towns of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace in Harford County.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has been compiling the region’s building permit information and organizing it into a standardized database for many years. The resulting information, collected from all permits with an estimated construction value of $10,000 or more, provides a continual record of plans for new and renovated residential and non-residential projects. The BMC staff itself makes use of this information as a leading indicator of new regional development patterns.
BMC Building Permit products:
|Online Data System (Subscription)||Printed Reports||Web Service|
|Log-In for Subscribers||Order Form||Link to BPDS Quick Viewer|
|Subscription Form||Building Permit Annual Summaries (free online)|
Building Permit Data System Online
New permits are added to the database on a weekly cycle, as soon as the latest permits issued by local jurisdictions have been processed by the BMC staff. Specialty contractors, real estate analysts, economic development professionals and others subscribe to this searchable online database.
BPDS Online allows you to generate custom reports by selecting specific types of construction projects, time frame, geographic area and estimated cost of the proposed project. A User's Guide (pdf) describes the service in detail.
Number of Users
Annual BPDS Subscription Rates
|10 or More Users||$995 ($795) plus $75 ($65)per additional user over 10|
When you are ready to subscribe, please complete a license agreement (pdf). You may arrange for payment over the phone or by faxing or mailing back the completed order form (pdf).
Building Activity Reports
A monthly summary of planned building activity across the Baltimore region is compiled from the building permits received by the BMC staff. The quarterly and annual reports include analysis of regional trends, supported by maps and charts highlighting notable development activity during the reporting period.
You may subscribe to these reports on an annual basis. Samples are available on request.
Annual Subscription Rates
|Report 1: Report on Regional Building Permit Activity||$250|
|Report 2: Residential Report, New Unit Construction by Regional Planning District||$50|
|Report 3: Non-Residential Report, New Construction by Regional Planning District||$50|
|Report 4: All Permits Valued Over $50,000||$300|
|Complete Set, Reports 1-4||$595|
Current and back issues (1972 to date) of the reports may also be viewed at no charge at the Regional Information Center. Call ahead for an appointment.
Building Permit Data System Quick Viewer
This mapped data set shows building permits for the Baltimore metropolitan region. The data goes back to 2000 and is updated approximately once every two months.