Building permits are an indicator of how many new homes will be built in the near future and where they will be located. About 2,500 new homes were permitted in 2021, up from 2020.
The percentage of new homes in cities and urban areas continues to be higher than those permitted in unincorporated areas. Single-family dwellings made up 29% of the homes permitted in 2021 while 68% of new homes were multifamily units such as apartments. The remaining 3% were manufactured homes.
Thurston Regional Planning Council; Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County building departments.