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

Building permits in the United States increased sharply by 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,300 thousand in August 2017 from 1,230 thousand in the previous month and way above market expectations of 1,220 thousand. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more jumped 22.8 percent to 464 thousand while single-family permits dropped 1.5 percent to 800 thousand. Among regions, building permits rose in the West (15.3 percent), in the Midwest (8.8 percent) and in the South (3.7 percent). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1356.42 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 TEForecast
2017-08-16 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM -4.1% 9.2% -2% -4%
2017-09-19 12:30 PM Building Permits 1300K 1230K 1220K 1200K
2017-09-19 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM 5.7% -3.5% -0.8%
2017-10-18 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM 5.7%
2017-10-18 12:30 PM Building Permits 1300K
2017-11-17 01:30 PM Building Permits


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1300.00 1230.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1180.00 1190.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 571.00 630.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -1.30 0.30 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5350.00 5440.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -0.60 -1.40 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.10 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 64.00 67.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.04 4.03 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -9.70 9.90 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.70 63.60 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 200.54 199.05 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]


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 September of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1300.00 1230.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA




building permits by Country

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Australia -1.70 Jul/17
Canada 7921561.00 Jul/17
France 44900.00 Jul/17
Germany 28127.00 Jun/17
Netherlands 4574.00 Jun/17
Turkey 199694.00 Jun/17
United States 1300.00 Aug/17