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United States Building Permits

Last Release
Dec 2021
Actual
1873 Thousand
Forecast
1790000 Thousand
Previous
1717 Thousand
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
Thousand
Next Release
Feb 17, 2022
Time to Release
22 Days 8 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
2419 Thousand
Dec 1972
513 Thousand
Mar 2009
1,362.98 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 surged 9.1 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.873 million in December 2021, the highest level since January and well above market expectations of 1.701 million, supported by an acute shortage of homes available for sale. Still, homebuilding activity is seen slowing in the coming months, amid rising mortgage rates, supply constraints and higher house prices. In addition, the US government nearly doubled duties on imported Canadian softwood lumber in November. The volatile multi-segment jumped 21.9 percent to a rate of 745 thousand in December and single-family authorizations advanced 2.0 percent to a rate of 1.128 million. Considering 2021 as a whole, building permits were estimated at 1.725 million, up 17.2 percent from 1.471 million in 2020.

United States Building Permits History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Jan 19, 202213:35US Building Permits Hit 11-Month High
Dec 16, 202113:34US Building Permits Exceeds Expectations
Nov 17, 202113:39US Building Permits Beat Forecasts
Oct 19, 202112:35US Building Permits Fall to 1-Year Low
Sep 21, 202112:35US Building Permits Beat Expectations in August
Aug 18, 202112:34US Building Permits Rebound in July
Jul 20, 202112:35US Building Permits Fall to 8-Month Low
DATETIMEEVENTActual
Jan 19, 202213:30Building Permits1.87 M M
Dec 16, 202113:30Building Permits1.71 M M
Nov 17, 202113:30Building Permits1.65 M
Oct 19, 202112:30Building Permits1.59 M

United States housing Indicators

All United States indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Building Permits
1,873
Dec 2021
1,717
Nov 2021
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
ThousandMonthly1960 - 2021
Case Shiller Home Price Index
282.44
Nov 2021
279.54
Oct 2021
100
Jan 2000
282.44
Nov 2021
pointsMonthly2000 - 2021
Construction Spending
0.4
Nov 2021
0.2
Oct 2021
-4.8
Feb 1975
5.9
Apr 1978
%Monthly1964 - 2021
Existing Home Sales
6,340
Oct 2021
6,290
Sep 2021
1,370
Mar 1970
7,250
Sep 2005
ThousandMonthly1968 - 2021
Home Ownership Rate
65.4
Sep 2021
65.4
Jun 2021
62.9
Jun 2016
69.2
Dec 2004
%Quarterly1965 - 2021
Housing Index
351.68
Aug 2021
1.4
Jul 2021
-1.8
Nov 2008
351.68
Aug 2021
pointsMonthly1991 - 2021

Building Permits across North America

Building Permits global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
United States
1,873
Dec 2021
1,717
Nov 2021
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
ThousandMonthly1960 - 2021
Canada
11,192,424
Nov 2021
10,291,311
Oct 2021
57,056
Nov 1951
11,192,424
Nov 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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