Building permits in the United States fell 0.6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,263 thousand in October 2018, while markets were expecting a bigger 0.8 percent drop. Single-family authorizations declined 0.6 percent to 849 thousand and multi-family permits went down 0.5 percent to 414 thousand. Across regions, permits fell in the South (-2.4 percent to 648 thousand) and West (-7.9 percent to 313 thousand), but went up in the Midwest (9.4 percent to 187 thousand) and Northeast (21.1 percent to 115 thousand). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1355.77 Thousand from 1960 until 2018, 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 1230.00 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 1240.81 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1315.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.229M 1.303M 1.31M 1.29M
2018-10-17 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.241M 1.249M 1.278M 1.23M
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.263M 1.270M 1.27M 1.257M
2018-12-18 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.263M


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1263.00 1270.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1228.00 1210.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 553.00 585.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -1.00 -2.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5150.00 5330.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.00 0.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.30 0.40 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 60.00 68.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 5.17 5.15 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -3.20 -4.00 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.72 213.77 213.77 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.40 64.30 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 November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1263.00 1270.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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Country Last
Australia 3.30 Sep/18
Canada 8055824.00 Sep/18
France 45300.00 Sep/18
Germany 27498.00 Aug/18
Netherlands 6482.00 Sep/18
Turkey 73270.00 Jun/18
United States 1263.00 Oct/18


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