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Building permits in South Africa

, January 1993 - December 2020: The data series span the period from January 1993 to December 2020. During that time, the average value for South Africa was 5763 building permits with a minumum of 884 building permits in May 2020 and a maximum of 12976 building permits in October 2002. The latest number is 3406, a change of -21.41% from the previous data point of 4334 building permits and a change of 23.18% from a year ago when the level was 2765 building permits.

The number of building permits is considered a leading macroeconomic indicator as it typically grows a few months ahead of an economic expansion and declines a few months before an economic slowdown. See more information about that indicator on our Building permits page.
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Measure: building permits
Source: Statistics South Africa

Definition: Building permits are authorizations granted by a government or another regulatory body before the construction of a new building can legally occur.
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