United States Building Permits  1960-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Building permits in the United States dropped 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,168 thousand in May 2017 from 1,228 thousand in April and way below market expectations of 1,247 thousand. It was the lowest figure since April last year, as authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more fell 10.1 percent to 358 thousand in May and single-family authorizations declined 1.9 percent to 779 thousand. Among regions, building permits decreased in the West (-13.1 percent), in the Midwest (-9.4 percent) and in the South (-0.3 percent), but rose in the Northeast (3.3 percent). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1356.80 Thousand from 1960 until 2017, 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 Forecast (i)
2017-05-16 12:30 PM Apr 1229K 1260K 1270K 1270K
2017-06-16 12:30 PM May 1168K 1228K 1247K 1240K
2017-06-16 12:30 PM May -4.9% -2.5% 1.8% 0.6%
2017-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 1168K 1173.2K
2017-07-19 12:30 PM Jun -4.9% 1173.2K
2017-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1172.3K




United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1168.00 1228.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1092.00 1156.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 569.00 642.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -3.30 0.70 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5620.00 5560.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -1.40 1.10 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.70 0.70 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 67.00 69.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.13 4.13 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 0.60 2.80 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.60 63.70 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 195.39 193.50 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]


United States Building Permits Notes

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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1168.00 1228.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
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building permits by Country

Last
Australia 4.40 Apr/17
Canada 7056766.00 Apr/17
France 35200.00 Apr/17
Germany 24318.00 Apr/17
Netherlands 6082.00 Dec/16
Turkey 93930.00 Mar/17
United States 1168.00 May/17