Blog Post

Insight: Getting to Know the New Ivory-Boyer Construction Database

By: DJ Benway

On May 1st, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute officially launched a modernized interface for the Ivory-Boyer Construction Database.

For those unfamiliar with the Ivory-Boyer Construction Database, the Gardner Institute, in partnership with the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center, tracks building permit activity in Utah. The Gardner Institute collects and maintains monthly building permit data for 201 cities and 29 counties across the state. The database includes historical permit data back to 1994 and covers 27 data categories: nine for Dwelling Units, 16 for Non-Dwelling Unit Construction, and two for Additions, Alterations, & Repairs.

The home page summarizes the latest data available with four visualizations (Figure 1). These graphs provide a quick snapshot of key indicators of statewide construction activity for the year. This page serves as a quick reference for economists, industry professionals, and journalists to access up-to-date information on the current state of the construction industry.

To dig deeper into the data, click through to one of the three provided links, all of which are also located on the home page: