Building permits are an indicator of how many new homes will be built in the near future and where they will be located. 2,300 new homes were permitted in 2022, down from 2,445 in 2021.
91 percent of new homes permitted were in a city or unincorporated urban growth area — the highest recorded since at least 1994. 1,697 multifamily units were permitted in 2022 — 74% of all homes permitted. That represents the largest number and percent since at least 1994.
Thurston Regional Planning Council; Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County building departments.