A review of permit data for swimming pool construction in Texas from January through September 2021
Since 2018, new swimming pool construction has been on the rise in Texas, with annual increases ranging from 3 percent (2019) to 29 percent (2020); so far this year (thru Q3-2021), the upward trend appears to be holding as there has been a 21 percent year-over-year increase in new swimming pool construction activity, resulting in more than 10,000 new permits on record with HBW.
Out of the four major metro areas reviewed (Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio), Houston has experienced the greatest boost in new swimming pool construction, having a 28 percent year-over-year increase and approximately 3,570 new permits on record through Q3-2021. As far as the highest concentration of permits is concerned, Dallas ranked #1 as there were approximately 4,775 new permits on record through Q3, reflecting a 23 percent increase in swimming pool construction in comparison to the same time last year.
Another area worth noting is Austin. Over the last four years, swimming pool construction has been on the rise in the Austin area, and as of the latest Q3 reports, that pattern appears to be holding; from the start of this year through September, Austin has demonstrated a 2 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction, resulting in more than 1,000 new permits on record with HBW.
While San Antonio had the lowest total number of swimming pool starts on file through the third quarter of this year, the area reflects gains in new pool construction. Since the start of this year (through September), there has been a 6 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction, resulting in approximately 690 new permits added to the HBW database.
When looking at construction patterns from a county-by-county perspective, there were four counties that held 60 percent of all new permitting activity:
Harris County (Houston area) was a standout, as there were approximately 2,075 new permits resulting from a 26 percent year-over-year increase in new pool construction. In the Dallas area, the bulk of new construction permits originated from the counties of Collin (1,576 permits), Tarrant (1,292 permits), and Denton (1,111 permits) where there have been year-over-increases in swimming pool construction ranging from 25 percent (Tarrant) to 67 percent (Denton).
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