It depends on your jurisdiction's reporting status. If you are a monthly reporter: No. We will not send the survey questionnaire unless we have not received your survey data electronically for three consecutive months.
If you are an annual reporter: Yes. We will continue to mail you a C-404 form each year due to Census Bureau's password guidelines
There are many benefits to reporting your building permits data via Internet: reduction of our use of paper and costs for printing, postage and keying of data from paper forms. The data submitted via Internet will also be captured more expediently.
If you would like to change your password, the Census Bureau's current security guidelines require 8 digit Passwords to better safeguard the security of your data. Your new Password must contain a minimum of the following:
The Password assigned to your jurisdiction will not change unless you decide to change it. If you forgot your Password, call the Residential Construction Branch on 1-800-845-8244. We will provide the original Password assigned to your jurisdiction and entered on the last C-404 form received. If you have not logged in to your jurisdiction's Building Permits Survey account for 120 days, your account is probably locked. Call us to have your account unlocked.
The Username is shown on the last C-404 form that you received. Nevertheless, if you did not retain the questionnaire, the Username is the combination of the two-digit State FIPS code followed by the six-digit Place code for your jurisdiction. If you need assistance locating these codes from a C-404 form, please call the Residential Construction Branch on 1-800-845-8244.
You should be able to access electronic reporting via Internet at any time as long as your account is active. You might have trouble accessing your jurisdiction's Building Permits Survey account if:
Call the Residential Construction Branch on 1-800-845-8244 and request that your account be unlocked. We will notify you when your account has been unlocked. You will be assigned the same Password originally displayed on your C-404 form.
Yes; you can use the Sample C-404 form as your personal draft to organize, pre-post or sum data entries prior to accessing electronic reporting via Internet. If so, this copy becomes your personal draft and you decide if it is worth keeping for your records. Please do NOT mail or fax this copy to the Census Bureau.
The form's PDF is only able to show the first two permits, so any permits that you enter beyond those will not show up. However, we will receive all of the information that you submit for any additional permits. If you need to review those permits you can access them on the Individual Residential Permits Valued at $1,000,000 or more page.
Yes; if you want to resume receipt of the C-404 form, after you tried electronic reporting via Internet, call the Residential Construction Branch on 1-800-845-8244 to request the mailing of the C-404 form.
No; the Census Bureau's current security guidelines safeguard the security of your data.
We display on the Main Menu data for only the survey periods submitted electronically. This reporting method excludes data received via a C-404 form that was mailed or faxed. The Status for the "Reporting Period" for survey periods where a C-404 form was mailed or faxed is displayed as "Form Received".
For data that was reported electronically last year, those data are moved to the Historical Data tab after the release of the previous year's Final Annual data.
If you are a monthly reporter, you will locate the twelve monthly survey periods submitted during the prior year. If we were missing five or more monthly periods, we also requested an Annual report. In this case, any monthly periods reported throughout the previous year were removed from the Main Menu and only the prior Annual report is maintained in Historical Data.
If you are an Annual reporter, we will maintain only the previous Annual report in Historical Data.
If your jurisdiction is a monthly reporter and we are missing five or more monthly reports by year's end, we request you to complete an annual report instead of filling out all the individual monthly reports missing. The annual data reported replace the monthly reports received.
Yes; Please make corrections and re-submit the data electronically regardless of whether it is on the Main Menu or listed in Historical Data.
Submit your survey. Unresolved issues will be addressed by the U.S. Census Bureau's staff with a follow-up call to the contact person listed for your jurisdiction.
You will not be able to access electronic reporting to only submit corrections to survey periods submitted via C-404 forms. Nevertheless, if you are reporting electronically for a different survey period, you can enter the corrected data on the Comments page. Please enter all pertinent information to successfully submit corrections, that is, the survey period, section to be corrected, and correct number of buildings, housing units and valuation of construction. Staff reviewing data will submit the correction(s) to the applicable survey period(s). If the information entered requires clarification, you will receive a follow-up call from the U.S. Census Bureau's staff.
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