South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Building permits: Comparing Surrey, South of the Fraser and Vancouver

Total building permits issued 1998-2011

How does building activity compare between Surrey, other communities South of the Fraser River, and Vancouver City?

Building permits are often used as a proxy for confidence in the economy. Unlike other economic indicators, a permit is a request to do something in the future. The builder, presumably, would not be willing to risk the investment if they didn't think they could get a return on their investment. Here's a link explaining economic indicators.

B.C. Stats has released several data tables for building permits issued. Taking Total Building Permits 1998-2011 (download the CSV file here) I've pulled out a few lines to make some graphs. Hover over the graphs to see individual data points.



Surrey as part of B.C.

How much of B.C.'s economy does Surrey represent? For building activity (not value) it's been between 12 and 15 percent since 1998.


Communities South of the Fraser River

Where do people (or companies) want to build South of the Fraser River? Mostly Surrey. Almost four times as many permits were issued in Surrey as Langley.


How does this compare to Vancouver?

Despite all the recent growth, Vancouver still issues more building permits than Surrey. I've also included the GVRD total here. If you add up Surrey and Vancouver they are still less than half of total building permits. This suggests activity is more broadly distributed than just these two cities.


Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

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