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Building Permit Data

Where Great Data Begins

Gain deeper insights into a property’s unique history with Black Knight’s Building Permit Data. Our industry-leading Building Permit Data is current, comprehensive as well as nationwide, and provides you with detailed information on both residential and commercial properties.

Building Permit Data: Gain Critical Insights Into a Property’s History

Our data includes current as well as historical permitted work. And it covers more than 220 million properties, includes over 55 million parcels and draws from 2000+ unique sources across the U.S. to provide you with critical insights on: 

  • Contractor information
  • Property description and details
  • Owner information
  • Contractor and job value
  • Permit classification, project description and details
  • Historical permit data across different jurisdictions covering 10 – 20 years
  • And much more
  • Contractor information
  • Property description and details
  • Owner information
  • Contractor and job value
  • Permit classification, project description and details
  • 10 – 22 years of historical permit data across different jurisdictions
  • And much more

Residential Building Permit Data

Commercial Building Permit Data

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Current and Comprehensive 

With integration into more than 450 contractor license boards, we’re able to deliver exceptionally reliable and current data. In most cases, the data is obtained within just one business day after the permit is granted.

To provide you with the most detailed and rich information to use in your analyses, we match and append the building permit data with additional data sets, such as addresses, contractors and property profiles.

How Our Building Permit Data Is Used

Lenders, insurers, investors and real estate professionals use our Building Permit Data to identify property modifications that could impact valuations, risk analysis, marketability and more. Inspection, appraisal, insurance and other companies leverage the data to identify opportunities to offer their products and/or services.

  • Assess risk based on property improvements and alterations for a clearer understanding of the property’s history
  • Perform more accurate property valuations
  • Assess risk based on building permit status and classification
  • Identify loan opportunities based on specific projects and cost
  • Help homebuyers and sellers understand the history of a property that could affect the total cost of ownership
  • Identify when customers are increasing property value or over investing based on comparables
  • Identify opportunities to provide inspection and/or appraisal service to project owners
  • Target marketing activities to customers for related products
  • Identify loan prospects that don’t have solar equipment
    • Assess risk based on the property’s improvements and alterations for a clearer understanding of its history  
    • Perform more accurate property valuations
    • Assess risk based on building permit status and classification
    • Identify loan opportunities based on specific projects and cost
    • Help homebuyers and sellers understand the history of a property that could affect the total cost of ownership
    • Identify when customers are increasing property value or over investing based on comparables
    • Target marketing activities to customers for related products
    • Identify loan prospects that don’t have solar equipment 
    • Identify opportunities to provide inspection and/or appraisal services to project owners

    Easy Access, Quick Delivery

    • FTP
    • Bulk
    • Batch
    • Match and Append
    • Rapid Analytics Platform℠ (RAP℠)
    data transmission

    The Robust Building Permit Data You Need  

    Nationwide coverage with exceptional depth

    Over two decades
    of data

    Insights on over 80% of the housing inventory in the top 100 metropolitan areas

    Direct integrations with contractor license boards and jurisdictions eliminates data latency

    Data standardized and normalized for easier consumption

    Expanding footprint: ~1M additional permits ingested weekly

    Find Out How Our Building Permit Data Can Support Your Business Needs.