Frequently Asked Questions - Economics FAQ

The Florida Department of Revenue breaks out its sales data into approximately 100 different kinds of businesses.

No. Data are only available for the state and each of Florida’s 67 counties in Gross and Taxable Sales Reports. The Florida Department of Revenue does not report city-level sales data.

Sales are reported either by county or by kind of business, or “kind code.” The county data feature a breakdown of the sales for all of the different kinds of businesses that took place within a certain time period for that particular county. The kind code data reflect sales by a particular kind of business for all of the 67 Florida counties and the state. For example, a report for Alachua County shows the number of reports, gross sales, taxable sales, and the amount of tax collected for approximately 100 different kinds of business categories.

Gross and taxable sales and taxable sales collections as reported by the Florida Department of Revenue are available either by county or by kind of business category code and are reported annually or by month in Gross and Taxable Sales Reports.

Unfortunately, we do not produce home sales and price data. We provide limited Metropolitan Statistical Areas data in the Florida Statistical Abstract from the Florida Association of Realtors. We recommend that you contact the source agency for detailed information.

No. We only publish current building permit data in Building Permit Activity in Florida and historical annual data in Annual State and County Building Permits and Housing Starts as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.Please note that the U.S. Census Bureau discontinued start data effective January 1, 2011.

Historical annual permit and start data for the state and counties of Florida back to 1976 as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau are published in Annual State and County Building Permits and Housing Starts. Each year’s data is broken down by single- and multifamily units permitted or started for the state and each county. Please note that the U.S. Census Bureau discontinued start data effective January 1, 2011.

No. We only publish residential permit data in Building Permit Activity in Florida as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

No. Building permits are issued by county and municipal agencies prior to starting a construction project. However, projects may be reclassified, abandoned, misclassified, or have design changes that can warrant permit changes. Housing start data refers to the actual start of construction. Please visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a complete discussion of factors affecting permit-start-completion relationships.