US building permits increased 1.4 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,345 thousand in January of 2019, the highest level since April of 2018 while markets were expecting a 2.9 percent drop to 1,289 thousand. Permits for the volatile multi-family housing segment rose 7.2 percent to 553 thousand while single-family authorisations declined 2.1 percent to 812 thousand. Across regions, building permits increased in the Northeast (26.4 percent to 139 thousand) and Midwest (33.1 percent to 193 thousand), but fell in the South (-3.5 percent to 664 thousand) and the West (-8.9 percent to 349 thousand). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1355.67 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.

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1320.00 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 1210.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1200.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.263M 1.270M 1.27M 1.257M
2018-12-18 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.328M 1.265M 1.259M 1.27M
2019-02-26 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.326M 1.322M 1.29M 1.230M
2019-03-08 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.345M 1.326M 1.289M 1.31M
2019-03-26 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.345M 1.3M 1.31M
2019-04-19 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.320M
2019-05-16 12:30 PM Building Permits


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1345.00 1326.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1230.00 1037.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 607.00 652.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand units [+]
Pending Home Sales -2.30 -9.90 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5510.00 4930.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 1.30 -0.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.30 0.40 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 62.00 62.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.55 4.64 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 1.60 2.30 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 212.96 213.45 213.85 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.80 64.40 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


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 March of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1345.00 1326.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2019 Thousand Monthly
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Country Last Previous
Australia 2.50 Jan/19
Canada 8379023.00 Jan/19
France 33700.00 Jan/19
Germany 28830.00 Dec/18
Netherlands 3846.00 Jan/19
Turkey 74867.00 Dec/18
United States 1345.00 Jan/19


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