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United States Building Permits

Last Release
Jul 2021
Actual
1630 Thousand
Forecast
1.6 Thousand
Previous
1594 Thousand
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
Thousand
Next Release
Sep 21, 2021
Time to Release
3 Days 17 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
2419 Thousand
Dec 1972
513 Thousand
Mar 2009
1,360.63 Thousand1960 - 2021U.S. Census Bureau
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.

Latest Updates

Building permits in the United States rose 2.6 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.635 million in July 2021, following a three-month period of declines and beating market expectations of 1.61 million. The volatile multi-segment surged 11.2 percent to a rate of 587 thousand, while single-family authorizations dropped 1.7 percent to a rate of 1.048 million. Permits were up in the West (13.3 percent to 426 thousand) and Midwest (4.4 percent to 214 thousand), but were down in the South (-1.9 percent to 861 thousand) and Northeast (-0.7 percent to 134 thousand).

United States Building Permits History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Aug 18, 202112:34US Building Permits Rebound in July
Jul 20, 202112:35US Building Permits Fall to 8-Month Low

United States housing Indicators

All United States indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Building Permits
1,630
Jul 2021
1,594
Jun 2021
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
ThousandMonthly1960 - 2021
Case Shiller Home Price Index
262.7
May 2021
257.1
Apr 2021
100
Jan 2000
262.7
May 2021
pointsMonthly2000 - 2021
Construction Spending
0.3
Jul 2021
0.1
Jun 2021
-4.8
Feb 1975
5.9
Apr 1978
%Monthly1964 - 2021
Existing Home Sales
5,990
Jul 2021
5,870
Jun 2021
1,370
Mar 1970
7,250
Sep 2005
ThousandMonthly1968 - 2021
Home Ownership Rate
65.4
Jun 2021
65.6
Mar 2021
62.9
Jun 2016
69.2
Dec 2004
%Quarterly1965 - 2021
Housing Index
1.7
May 2021
1.8
Apr 2021
-1.8
Nov 2008
1.8
Apr 2021
%Monthly1991 - 2021

Building Permits across North America

Building Permits global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
United States
1,630
Jul 2021
1,594
Jun 2021
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
ThousandMonthly1960 - 2021
Canada
9,897,160
Jul 2021
10,288,434
Jun 2021
57,056
Nov 1951
11,107,171
Apr 2021
CAD ThousandMonthly1950 - 2021
Puerto Rico
325
Dec 2015
246
Nov 2015
212
Feb 2014
1,060
Aug 2006
Monthly2004 - 2015

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