USA: Building permits

(measure: building permits, source: United States Census Bureau)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Building permits in the USA, January 1960 - May 2022:

The data series span the period from January 1960 to May 2022. During that time, the average value for the USA was 1367546 building permits with a minumum of 513000 building permits in March 2009 and a maximum of 2419000 building permits in December 1972. The latest number is 1695000, a change of -7.02% from the previous data point of 1823000 building permits and a change of 0.24% from a year ago when the level was 1691000 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: United States Census Bureau



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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