INDIANAPOLIS (January 24, 2022) – The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) has shared the final permit numbers for 2021, showing that in Central Indiana’s nine-county area, single-family building permits were up 6 percent over December 2020, with 832 permits this December compared to 788 permits last year.

This brings 2021’s permit total to 10,430, which is a 20% increase over 2020’s 8669 permits.

“Despite lumber tariffs, supply chain issues, labor shortages and other challenges, our builders remained strong and resilient, and the industry saw record growth in 2021,” Steve Lains, CEO of the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis said. “This momentum has continued into January and we expect to see this growth well into 2022.”

All nine Central Indiana counties, except for Marion County, saw an overall increase in permit numbers for 2021. For December, Hancock County saw a 159% increase, with 176 permits issued compared to 68 in December 2020. Madison County also saw a 114% increase, with 92 permits issued last month compared to 43 in December 2020.

Hancock County saw a 159% increase in building permits from December 2020.

Permit Breakdown by County:

County 2020 Permits (Jan-Dec) 2021 Permits (Jan-Dec)
Boone County 659 798
Hamilton County 2607 3344
Hancock County 840 1235
Hendricks County 1374 1479
Johnson County 955 1015
Madison County 470 640
Marion County 1348 1321
Morgan County 303 398
Shelby County 113 161

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is a professional trade association representing residential homebuilders, associates and remodelers. For more information, call 317-236-6330; or visit for permits numbers from 2000-2021.


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