Building permits in the United States dropped 5.1 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.598 million in June 2021, missing market expectations of 1.7 million. It was the third straight period of decline in building permits, which hit their lowest level since October 2020. Single-family authorizations dropped 6.3 percent to a rate of 1.063 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 2.6 percent to a rate of 535 thousand. Permits were down across all regions: the South (-3.0 percent to 871 thousand); the West (-7.4 percent to 376 thousand); the Midwest (-6.7 percent to 208 thousand); and the Northeast (-8.3 percent to 143 thousand). source: U.S. Census Bureau

Building Permits in the United States averaged 1361.32 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 July of 2021.

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1470.00 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 1300.00 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
1598.00 1683.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-16 12:30 PM Building Permits May 1.681M 1.733M 1.73M 1.75M
2021-06-16 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM May -3% -1.3% 0.9%
2021-07-20 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM Jun -5.1% -2.9% 0.5%
2021-07-20 12:30 PM Building Permits Jun 1.598M 1.683M 1.7M 1.7M


News Stream
US Building Permits Fall to 8-Month Low
Building permits in the United States dropped 5.1 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.598 million in June 2021, missing market expectations of 1.7 million. It was the third straight period of decline in building permits, which hit their lowest level since October 2020. Single-family authorizations dropped 6.3 percent to a rate of 1.063 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 2.6 percent to a rate of 535 thousand. Permits were down across all regions: the South (-3.0 percent to 871 thousand); the West (-7.4 percent to 376 thousand); the Midwest (-6.7 percent to 208 thousand); and the Northeast (-8.3 percent to 143 thousand).
2021-07-20
US Building Permits Fall for 2nd Month
Building permits in the United States dropped 3.0 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.681 million in May 2021, a second straight period of decline and below market expectations of 1.73 million. Single-family authorizations dropped 1.6 percent to a rate of 1.130 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment tumbled 5.8 percent to a rate of 551 thousand. Permits were down across all regions: the South (-2.3 percent to 897 thousand); the West (-3.1 percent to 406 thousand); the Midwest (-2.6 percent to 222 thousand); and the Northeast (-7.1 percent to 156 thousand).
2021-06-16
US Building Permits Miss Forecasts in April
Building permits in the United States increased 0.3 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.76 million in April of 2021, from the previous month's 1.755 million and below market expectations of 1.77 million. Permits for the volatile multi-segment rose 8.9 percent to a rate of 611 thousand while single-family authorizations declined 3.8 percent to a rate of 1.149 million. Across regions, permits fell in the Midwest (-9.9 percent to 228 thousand) and in the West (-4.1 percent to 421 thousand), while they rose in the Northeast (8.4 percent to 186 thousand) and in the South (3.9 percent to 943 thousand).
2021-05-18
US Building Permits Beat Forecasts in March
Building permits in the United States rose 2.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.766 million in March 2021, from the previous month's 1.720 million and above market expectations of 1.75 million. Single-family authorizations advanced 4.6 percent to a rate of 1.199 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment dropped 1.2 percent to a rate of 567 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (6.4 percent to 915 thousand) and the Midwest (2.0 percent to 254 thousand). The housing market has been supported by low interest rates and increasing demand from people moving away from big cities due to the coronavirus crisis.
2021-04-16

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.