Building permits in the United States fell 3.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,420 thousand in December 2019, revised data showed. United States Building Permits - data, historical chart, and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2020 from its official source.

Building Permits in the United States averaged 1355.86 Thousand from 1960 until 2019, 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. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1150.00 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 1115.00 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
1420.00 1474.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2019 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-12-17 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Nov 1.4% 5% -3.2%
2019-12-17 01:30 PM Building Permits Nov 1.482M 1.461M 1.41M 1.414M
2020-01-17 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Dec -3.9% 0.9% -1.9% -1.6%
2020-01-17 01:30 PM Building Permits Dec 1.416M 1.474M 1.468M 1.450M
2020-02-19 01:30 PM Building Permits Jan 1.420M 1.45M 1.451M
2020-03-18 12:30 PM Building Permits Feb 1.210M
2020-04-16 12:30 PM Building Permits Mar 1.1M
2020-05-19 12:30 PM Building Permits Apr


News Stream
US Building Permits Fall More than Expected in December
Building permits in the United States fell 3.9 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,416 thousand in December 2019, missing market expectations of 1,468 thousand. Authorisations for the volatile multi-family housing segment declined 9.6 percent to 500 thousand and single-family permits dropped 0.5 percent to 916 thousand. Across regions, permits went down in the Northeast (-15.7 percent to 134 thousand) and the South (-6.5 percent to 688 thousand), but rose in the Midwest (0.5 percent to 207 thousand); and the West (3.8 percent to 387 thousand). Permits for November were revised to 1,474 thousand from 1,482 thousand. Considering full 2019, building permits increased a non-seasonally adjusted 3.9 percent to 1368.8 thousand.
2020-01-17
US Building Permits Rise to 12-1/2-Year High
Building permits in the United States increased 1.4 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,482 thousand in November 2019, beating market expectations of 1,410 thousand. Permits were at the highest level since May 2007, as authorisations for the volatile multi-family housing segment rose 2.5 percent to 564 thousand and single-family permits advanced 0.8 percent to 918 thousand, the highest since July 2007. Across regions, permits went up in the Northeast (18.1 percent to 163 thousand); Midwest (15.1 percent to 206 thousand); and the West (1.3 percent to 376 thousand), but fell in the South (-4.7 percent to 737 thousand). The housing market has been boosted by a fall in mortgage rates after the Fed cut key rates 3 times this year.
2019-12-17
US Building Permits Rise to Over 12-Year High
Building permits in the United States rose 5 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,461 thousand in October 2019, beating market expectations of 1,383 thousand. Permits were at the highest level since May 2007, as authorisations for the volatile multi-family housing segment advanced 8.2 percent to 552 thousand and single-family permits increased 3.2 percent to 909 thousand, its highest since August 2007. Across regions, permits went up in the Northeast (19.5 percent to 141 thousand); Midwest (1.7 percent to 176 thousand); South (5.6 percent to 776 thousand); and the West (0.8 percent to 368 thousand). Permits for September were revised to 1,391 thousand from 1,387 thousand.
2019-11-19
US Building Permits Fall Less than Expected
Building permits in the United States decreased 2.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,387 thousand in September 2019, while markets had expected a 26 percent tumble to 1,350 thousand. Authorisations for the volatile multi-family housing segment fell 8.2 percent to 505 thousand while single-family permits advanced 0.8 percent to 882 thousand, its highest level since February last year. Across regions, permits were down in the Northeast (-25.7 percent to 113 thousand); the Midwest (-5.9 percent to 176 thousand) and the South (-2.9 percent to 732 thousand), but increased in the West (10.2 percent to 366 thousand). Permits for August were revised to 1,425 thousand, the highest level since May 2007, from 1,419 thousand.
2019-10-17

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.