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United States Building Permits

Last Release
Dec 31, 2022
Actual
1,337
Units In
Thousand
Previous
1,351
Frequency
Monthly
Next Release
N/A
Time to Release
N/A
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
2,419
Dec 1972
513
Mar 2009
1,368.63 Thousand1960-2022U.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 fell 1.0 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.337 million in December 2022, the lowest level since May 2020, as high inflation and rising mortgage rates hit demand for new housing, revised data showed. Single-family authorizations declined 6.4 percent to a rate of 731 thousand, the lowest since April 2020, while the volatile multi-segment rose 6.3 percent to 606 thousand. Permits were down in the South (-1.7 percent to 740 thousand), Midwest (-12.1 percent to 175 thousand) and Northeast (-2.5 percent to 115 thousand), but were up in the West (9.3 percent to 307 thousand).

United States Building Permits History

Last 12 readings

United States Housing Indicators

All United States indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Building Permits
1,337
Dec 2022
1,351
Nov 2022
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
ThousandMonthly1960-2022
Building Permits MoM
-1
Dec 2022
-10.6
Nov 2022
-24
Feb 1990
33.9
Jan 1967
%Monthly1960-2022
Case Shiller Home Price Index
303.86
Oct 2022
306.29
Sep 2022
100
Jan 2000
318.63
Jun 2022
PointsMonthly2000-2022
Case Shiller Home Price Index MoM
-0.8
Oct 2022
-1.5
Sep 2022
-2.8
Jan 2009
2.6
Apr 2013
%Monthly2000-2022
Case Shiller Home Price Index YoY
8.6
Oct 2022
10.4
Sep 2022
-19
Jan 2009
21.2
Mar 2022
%Monthly2001-2022
Construction Spending
0.2
Nov 2022
-0.3
Oct 2022
-4.8
Feb 1975
5.9
Apr 1978
%Monthly1964-2022
Existing Home Sales
4,020
Dec 2022
4,080
Nov 2022
1,370
Mar 1970
7,250
Sep 2005
ThousandMonthly1968-2022
Existing Home Sales MoM
-1.5
Dec 2022
-7.9
Nov 2022
-22.5
Jul 2010
22.5
Jul 2020
%Monthly1968-2022
Home Ownership Rate
66
Sep 2022
65.8
Jun 2022
62.9
Mar 1965
69.2
Jun 2004
%Quarterly1965-2022
House Price Index MoM
0
Oct 2022
0.1
Sep 2022
-1.8
Nov 2008
2.1
Feb 2022
N/A1991-2022
House Price Index YoY
9.8
Oct 2022
11
Sep 2022
-10.6
Nov 2008
19.4
Feb 2022
N/A1992-2022
Housing Index
392.7
Oct 2022
392.3
Sep 2022
100
Jan 1991
398.1
May 2022
%Monthly1991-2022
Housing Starts
1,382
Dec 2022
1,401
Nov 2022
478
Apr 2009
2,494
Jan 1972
Thousand unitsMonthly1959-2022
Housing Starts MoM
-1.4
Dec 2022
-1.8
Nov 2022
-26.4
Mar 1984
29.3
Jul 1982
N/A1959-2022
MBA Mortgage Market Index
255.3
Jan 2023
238.7
Jan 2023
64.2
Oct 1990
1,856.7
May 2003
N/A1990-2023
MBA Mortgage Refinance Index
502.3
Jan 2023
438.3
Jan 2023
59
Dec 1994
9,977.8
May 2003
N/A1990-2023
MBA Purchase Index
205.4
Jan 2023
198.7
Jan 2023
53.5
Dec 1990
529.3
Jun 2005
N/A1990-2023
Mortgage Applications
7
Jan 2023
27.9
Jan 2023
-40.5
Jan 1993
112.1
Nov 2008
%Weekly1990-2023
Mortgage Rate
6.2
Jan 2023
6.23
Jan 2023
2.85
Dec 2020
10.56
Apr 1990
%Weekly1990-2023
Nahb Housing Market Index
35
Jan 2023
31
Dec 2022
8
Jan 2009
90
Nov 2020
Monthly1985-2023
New Home Sales
616
Dec 2022
602
Nov 2022
270
Feb 2011
1,389
Jul 2005
Thousand unitsMonthly1963-2022
New Home Sales MoM
2.3
Dec 2022
0.7
Nov 2022
-33.6
May 2010
31.2
Apr 1963
N/A1963-2022
Pending Home Sales
-33.8
Dec 2022
-36.9
Nov 2022
-37.09
Oct 2022
51.7
Apr 2021
%Monthly2002-2022
Pending Home Sales MoM
2.5
Dec 2022
-2.6
Nov 2022
-30.3
May 2010
41.9
May 2020
%Monthly2001-2022
Single Family Home Prices
366,900
Dec 2022
370,700
Nov 2022
19,700
Jan 1968
416,000
Jun 2022
USDMonthly1968-2022

Building Permits across North America

Building Permits global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
11,033,887
Nov 2022
9,994,057
Oct 2022
57,056
Nov 1951
12,481,715
Aug 2022
CAD Thousand Monthly1950-2022
United States
1,337
Dec 2022
1,351
Nov 2022
513
Mar 2009
2,419
Dec 1972
Thousand Monthly1960-2022

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