Building permits in the United States soared 10.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.886 million in January of 2021, revised figures showed. It is the highest reading since May of 2006. Permits for January have been initially reported at 1.881 million. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Building Permits in the United States averaged 1358.46 Thousand from 1960 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 2419 Thousand in December of 1972 and a record low of 513 Thousand in March of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Building Permits - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Building Permits - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2021.

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1300.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Building Permits in the United States to stand at 1200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1300.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Building Permits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1886.00 1704.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Dec 4.5% 5.9% 0.1%
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Building Permits Dec 1.709M 1.635M 1.60M 1.64M
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Jan 10.4% 4.2% -3.5%
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Building Permits Jan 1.881M 1.704M 1.678M 1.63M


News Stream
US Building Permits Hit Highest Since May 2006
Building permits in the United States soared 10.4 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.881 million in January of 2021 and well above market expectations of 1.678 million. It was the strongest number since May of 2006 as permits for buildings with five units or more jumped 28 percent to a rate of 557 thousand and single-family authorizations increased 3.8 percent to a rate of 1,269 thousand. Across regions permits rose in the Northeast (39.3 percent to 195 thousand); the South (8.3 percent to 954 thousand) and in the West (11.7 percent to 486 thousand); while they fell in the Midwest (-0.8 percent to 246 thousand).
2021-02-18
US Building Permits Hit Highest Since 2006
Building permits in the United States soared 4.5 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.709 million in December of 2020, well above market expectations of 1.60 million and the highest level since August of 2006. Single family authorizations rose 7.8 percent to a rate of 1.226 million while permits for buildings with five units or more fell 2.0 percent to a rate of 437 thousand. Across regions permits went up in the Midwest (13.6 percent to 251 thousand), West (11.2 percent to 438 thousand) and South (1.3 percent to 879), while they fell in the Northeast (-7.2 percent to 141 thousand).
2021-01-21
US Building Permits Soar to Over 14-Year High
Building permits in the United States soared 6.2 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.639 million in November of 2020, well above market expectations of 1.55 million and the highest level since September 2006. Single family authorizations rose 1.3 percent to a rate of 1.143 million and permits for buildings with five units or more climbed 22.8 percent to a rate of 441 thousand. Across regions permits went up in the Northeast (12.9 percent to 149 thousand), the Midwest (3.8 percent to 219 thousand), the South (4.7 percent to 868 thousand) and the West (8.3 percent to 403 thousand). Permits for October were revised down to 1.544 million from 1.545 million.
2020-12-17
US Building Permits Flat at Over 13-Year High
Building permits in the United States were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.545 million in October 2020, remaining at the highest level since March 2007 but missing market expectations of 1.56 million. Single-family authorizations increased 0.6 percent to a rate of 1.120 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 1.6 percent to a rate of 425 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (0.7 percent to 821 thousand), the West (0.5 percent to 377 thousand) and the Midwest (2.9 percent to 213 thousand). However, a 9.5 percent decline in the Northeast's building permits offset other region's gains.
2020-11-18

United States Building Permits
Building Permits refer to the approvals given by a local jurisdictions before the construction of a new or existing building can legally occur. Not all areas of the United States require a permit for construction.