INDIANAPOLIS (August 17, 2023) – The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) has released its July permit breakdown, which illustrates the rebound in consumer homebuilding interest as Central Indiana saw a six percent increase in permits issues compared to this time last year.

The association’s report also includes a correction from June’s permit file, which previously showed an overall two percent decrease across the nine-county area, but now shows permit numbers had a zero percent change from June 2022.

“The increase in permit activity aligns with the strong market activity seen at the beginning of the year,” BAGI CEO Steve Lains explained.

“As the demand for homes has continued to surpass available supply, we have seen steady levels of sales and interest in homebuilding since the end of last year,” Lains said. “Our association believes we will see a continued uptick in single family building permits issued through the rest of 2023.”

Hamilton, Hendricks, Madison, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby County all saw positive permit growth over 2022, with Hendricks County seeing an incredible 155% increase of 112 permits issued in July compared to 44 issued at the same time last year.

The positive homebuilding activity can be seen outside of the Hoosier state. In fact, according to a recent Reuters report, the Midwest saw a 12% increase in new single-family home starts last month and the Western states saw a 28.5% increase.

“Interest rates and their impact on consumer activity have been outweighed by the growing demand for homes with dwindling existing home inventory. Our local industry professionals believe this strong activity will continue to build a busy, healthy new construction market for the foreseeable future.”

Permit Breakdown by County: 

County    2022 Permits (Jan-July) 2023 Permits (Jan-July)
Boone County    452 486
Hamilton County    1725 1668
Hancock County    721 273
Hendricks County    753 666
Johnson County    538 208
Madison County    349 269
Marion County    861 728
Morgan County    218 165
Shelby County    51 33

For further information and access to the full July permit breakdown report, please visit the Builder’s Association of Greater Indianapolis website at

BAGI remains committed to promoting, educating, and serving its members and the housing industry in the Indianapolis area, and will continue to monitor and support the growth in building permits and overall housing market activity.

For more information about permit numbers, or to discuss local homebuilding trends with Lains or other BAGI officials, contact Allie Baughman at 317-527-6774 or