Building permits in the United States soared 6.2 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.639 million in November of 2020, well above market expectations of 1.55 million and the highest level since September 2006. Single family authorizations rose 1.3 percent to a rate of 1.143 million and permits for buildings with five units or more climbed 22.8 percent to a rate of 441 thousand. Across regions permits went up in the Northeast (12.9 percent to 149 thousand), the Midwest (3.8 percent to 219 thousand), the South (4.7 percent to 868 thousand) and the West (8.3 percent to 403 thousand). Permits for October were revised down to 1.544 million from 1.545 million. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Building Permits in the United States averaged 1357.27 Thousand from 1960 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2419 Thousand in December of 1972 and a record low of 513 Thousand in March of 2009. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2020.

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1640.00 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 1470.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1200.00 Thousand in 2021 and 1300.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Building Permits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1639.00 1544.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Building Permits Oct 1.545M 1.545M 1.56M 1.565M
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Oct 0.0% 4.7% 1.3%
2020-12-17 01:30 PM Building Permits MoM Nov 6.2% -0.1% 0.1%
2020-12-17 01:30 PM Building Permits Nov 1.639M 1.544M 1.55M 1.55M


News Stream
US Building Permits Soar to Over 14-Year High
Building permits in the United States soared 6.2 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.639 million in November of 2020, well above market expectations of 1.55 million and the highest level since September 2006. Single family authorizations rose 1.3 percent to a rate of 1.143 million and permits for buildings with five units or more climbed 22.8 percent to a rate of 441 thousand. Across regions permits went up in the Northeast (12.9 percent to 149 thousand), the Midwest (3.8 percent to 219 thousand), the South (4.7 percent to 868 thousand) and the West (8.3 percent to 403 thousand). Permits for October were revised down to 1.544 million from 1.545 million.
2020-12-17
US Building Permits Flat at Over 13-Year High
Building permits in the United States were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.545 million in October 2020, remaining at the highest level since March 2007 but missing market expectations of 1.56 million. Single-family authorizations increased 0.6 percent to a rate of 1.120 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 1.6 percent to a rate of 425 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (0.7 percent to 821 thousand), the West (0.5 percent to 377 thousand) and the Midwest (2.9 percent to 213 thousand). However, a 9.5 percent decline in the Northeast's building permits offset other region's gains.
2020-11-18
US Building Permits Revised Lower, Still Highest in 13-1/2 Years
Building permits in the United States rose 4.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.545 million in September 2020, the highest level since March 2007, revised data showed at the end of October. Single-family authorizations increased 7.2 percent to a rate of 1.113 million while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 1.4 percent to a rate of 432 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (2.1 percent to 815 thousand), the West (1.4 percent to 375 thousand), the Midwest (10.1 percent to 207 thousand) and the Northeast (23.3 percent to 148 thousand).
2020-10-26
US Building Permits Rise to Over 13-Year High
Building permits in the United States rose 5.2 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.553 million in September of 2020, the highest level since March 2007 and above market expectations of 1.52 million. Single-family authorizations increased 7.8 percent to a rate of 1,119 thousand while permits for the volatile multi-segment fell 0.9 percent to a rate of 434 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (2 percent to 814 thousand), the West (3.2 percent to 382 thousand), the Midwest (9.6 percent to 206 thousand) and the Northeast (25.8 percent to 151 thousand).
2020-10-20

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.