South Africa: Building permits

(measure: building permits, source: Statistics South Africa)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Building permits in South Africa, January 1993 - September 2021:

The data series span the period from January 1993 to September 2021. During that time, the average value for South Africa was 5724 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 4407, a change of 0.23% from the previous data point of 4397 building permits and a change of 29.24% from a year ago when the level was 3410 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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