HIP Tool: Permitting Priority

Jurisdictions can offer priority permit review and approval to developers of affordable housing and other projects that meet local housing goals.


Priority processing of land use and construction permits is most effective when used selectively, to provide an incentive to develop a particular type of housing the market is not currently producing. A special team can be assembled to usher the development through the permitting and review process. A jurisdiction could also simplify or combine steps of the process for affordable developments. Permits for affordable or dense housing projects could automatically be granted priority. Ensuring the long-term affordability of units can be secured through affordability covenants. Permitting priority could be made contingent upon covenants or other demonstrated measures to ensure the development’s affordability.

Tool Profile

Focus Areas

  • Urban Centers
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Expensive Housing Markets
  • Innovative Single Family Techniques

Project Types

  • Single Family
  • Multifamily
  • Ownership
  • Rental
  • Market Rate
  • Subsidized

Affordability Level

  • Less than 80% AMI

Housing Goal

  • Affordability