United States Building Permits  1960-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Building permits in the Unites States fell 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1139 thousand in August 2016 from 1144 thousand in the previous month, missing market expectations of a 2.5 percent rise to 1170 thousand. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more fell sharply by 8.4 percent to a rate of 370,000; while single-family authorizations increased 3.7 percent to a rate of 737,000. Building permits fell in the South (-3.4 percent), but rose in the Northeast (+5.1 percent), in the Midwest (+4.2 percent) and in the West (+0.7 percent). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1357.79 Thousand from 1960 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2419 Thousand in December of 1972 and a record low of 513 Thousand in March of 2009. Building Permits in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1139.00 1144.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2016 Thousand Monthly
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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 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1152K 1153K 1160K 1145K
2016-09-20 12:30 PM Aug 1139K 1144K 1170K 1150K
2016-09-20 12:30 PM Aug -0.4% -0.8% 2.5%
2016-10-19 12:30 PM Sep -0.4%
2016-10-19 12:30 PM Sep 1139K 1130K
2016-11-17 01:30 PM Oct

United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1139.00 1144.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1142.00 1212.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 654.00 582.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 1.40 1.00 30.00 -24.50 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5330.00 5380.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.00 0.90 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 65.00 59.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Housing Index 0.50 0.30 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Mortgage Rate 3.70 3.67 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -7.30 4.20 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 62.90 63.50 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 189.87 188.32 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]




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