Applications for home construction rose 10% in central Indiana last month—the busiest August for permit filings in 12 years.
Builders filed 694 single-family construction permits in the nine-county area last month, compared with 631 permits in August 2018, according to the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.
It was the second month in a row of year-over-year increases in permit filings following seven straight months of declines.
On a year-to-date basis, permit filings are down 4%, to 4,848, compared with 5,071 during the first eight months of 2018.
Hamilton County saw permit filings increase 3% in August, from 231 to 237. Filings are down 14 percent in the county through the first half of the year.
Marion County filings jumped 39 percent last month, to 135, and are down less than 1 percent this year.
Hendricks County’s numbers were up 14%, to 98.
Johnson County saw a 25 percent drop in filings, to 54.
Hancock County saw permits rise 12%, to 57.
Filings jumped 61% in Boone County, to 61.
Morgan County saw a 70 percent increase in filings, to 34. Filings fell from 21 to 15 in Madison County. They fell from 15 to 3 in Shelby County.