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Building Permits Survey

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Use the links to view the forms used to collect data for the Building Permits Survey. The forms are samples only. Please do not use them to report data for the Building Permits Survey. All forms and letters are in PDF format.


Form C-404, "Report of Building or Zoning Permits Issued for New Privately-Owned Housing Units" is used to obtain data for the Building Permits Survey. Statistics are based upon reports submitted by local building permit officials.


Form C-411, "Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems" is used to canvass all active governments in the United States. The Building Permits universe is updated by adding all places found that have established a new permit system.


Title 13 United States Code, Sections 131 and 182, authorizes the Census Bureau to conduct this collection and to request your voluntary assistance. The U.S. Census Bureau is required by Section 9 of the same law to keep your information confidential and can use your responses only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Building Permits | (301) 763-5160 |  Last Revised: November 28, 2022