Building permits in the United States rose 3.5 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.258 million in June 2020, revised data showed. Single-family authorizations were up 12.6 percent to a rate of 840 thousand, while permits for the volatile multi-segment slumped 11.1 percent to a rate of 418 thousand. Across regions, permits increased in the Midwest (9.7 percent to 181 thousand), the Northeast (10.9 percent to 122 thousand), the West (2.8 percent to 292 thousand) and the South (0.9 percent to 663 thousand).

Building Permits in the United States averaged 1356.03 Thousand from 1960 until 2020, 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 August of 2020. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1050.00 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 1200.00 Thousand in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Building Permits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1258.00 1216.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-06-17 12:30 PM Building Permits May 1.22M 1.066M 1.228M 1.198M
2020-06-17 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM May 14.4% -21.4% 12.4%
2020-07-17 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM Jun 2.1% 14.1% 2.5%
2020-07-17 12:30 PM Building Permits Jun 1.241M 1.216M 1.29M 1.25M
2020-08-18 12:30 PM Building Permits Jul 1.258M
2020-09-17 12:30 PM Building Permits Aug
2020-10-20 12:30 PM Building Permits Sep 1.1M
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Building Permits Oct


News Stream
US Building Permits Rise Less than Expected
Building permits in the United States rose 2.1 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.241 million in June 2020, missing market expectations of 1.29 million, one month after the economy started reopening. Single-family authorizations were up 11.8 percent to a rate of 834 thousand, while permits for the volatile multi-segment slumped 13.4 percent to a rate of 407 thousand. Across regions, permits increased in the Midwest (10.9 percent to 183 thousand) and in the Northeast (10.0 percent to 121 thousand), while they fell in the West (-0.7 percent to 282 thousand) and the South (-0.3 percent to 655 thousand).
2020-07-17
US Building Permits Slightly Below Forecasts
Building permits in the United States rose 14.4 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.220 million in May 2020, after hitting a five-year low in April and compared with market expectations of 1.228 million. Single-family authorizations were up 11.9 percent and permits for the volatile multi-segment jumped 18.8 percent to a rate of 475 thousand. Across regions, permits rebounded in the South (7.7 percent to 659 thousand), West (12.3 percent to 283 thousand), Midwest (18.4 percent to 167 thousand) and Northeast (82.0 percent to 111 thousand).
2020-06-17
US Building Permits Plunge to 5-Year Low
Building permits in the United States fell 20.8 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.074 million in April 2020, the lowest level since January 2015 and compared with market expectations of 1 million. Single-family authorizations were down 24.3 percent to a five-year low of 669 thousand, while permits for the volatile multi-segment dropped 14.2 percent to a rate of 405 thousand, the lowest since March 2016. Across regions, permits were down in the South (-14.7 percent to 617 thousand), West (-28 percent to 250 thousand), Midwest (-16.1 percent to 146 thousand) and Northeast (-45.5 percent to 61 thousand).
2020-05-19
US Building Permits Beat Forecasts
Building permits in the United States fell 6.8 percent from a month earlier at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,353 thousand in March of 2020, slightly above market expectations of 1,300 thousand. Still, it is the sharpest drop in building permits since July 2015 as the coronavirus crisis hurt the construction sector. Authorizations for the volatile multi-family housing segment slid 12 percent to 884 thousand. Across regions, permits declined in the Northeast (-7.6 percent to 122 thousand); the Midwest (-12.7 percent to 178 thousand); the South (-3.1 percent to 712 thousand) and in the West (-10.5 percent to 341 thousand).
2020-04-16

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.