South Africa: Building permits

* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
 South Africa

Building permits

 Latest value 3405
 Reference September 2022
 Measure building permits
 Source Statistics South Africa

The data series span the period from January 1993 to September 2022. During that time, the average value for South Africa was 5680 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 3405, a change of 14.34% from the previous data point of 2978 building permits and a change of -24.2% from a year ago when the level was 4492 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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