United States Building Permits  1960-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Building permits in the United States dropped 5.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,229 thousand in August 2018, while markets were expecting a 0.1 percent decline to 1,310 thousand. Permits were at the lowest level since May 2017 as single-family authorizations fell 6.1 percent to 820 thousand and multi-family permits decreased 4.9 percent to 409 thousand. Across regions, permits declined in the Northeast (-19.2 percent to 101 thousand), West (-8.4 percent to 304 thousand), South (-2.9 percent to 646 thousand) and Midwest (-1.7 percent to 178 thousand). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1356 Thousand from 1960 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 2419 Thousand in December of 1972 and a record low of 513 Thousand in March of 2009.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-18 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.273M 1.301M 1.33M 1.3M
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.311M 1.292M 1.31M 1.28M
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.229M 1.303M 1.31M 1.29M
2018-10-17 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.229M 1.278M 1.23M
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Building Permits
2018-12-18 01:30 PM Building Permits


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1229.00 1303.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1282.00 1174.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 629.00 608.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -2.30 -2.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5340.00 5340.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.10 0.20 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.30 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 67.00 67.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 5.05 4.96 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -1.70 0.00 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.76 213.17 213.76 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.30 64.20 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


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. 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 - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1229.00 1303.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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building permits by Country
Country Last
Australia -9.40 Aug/18
Canada 8148439.00 Aug/18
France 34600.00 Aug/18
Germany 30737.00 Jul/18
Netherlands 5629.00 Jul/18
Turkey 73270.00 Jun/18
United States 1229.00 Aug/18


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