Building permits by country: the latest data

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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. For example, it is one of the leading indicators used by The Conference Board in the U.S., an organization that has tracked the U.S. and the global business cycles for over 100 years. As noted by Eurostat, building permits may overstate actual construction as some of the permits may remain unused. In practice, however, the building permits and actual construction are highly correlated as indicated by Indiana University researchers. They find that construction usually starts right after the granting of a permit so that the lag between issuing the permit and the work is short. When looking at tendencies please note that the building permits indicator is highly volatile. One should look at a few months or quarters to see any trends.

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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value
Change
3 months
Change
12 months
Q2 / 2021
252
44.83%
85.29%
Q1 / 2021
112
13.13%
10.89%
Jul / 2021
18651
-12.95%
19.27%
Q1 / 2021
19250
-1.52%
40.99%
Q4 / 2019
221
-8.68%
-20.50%
May / 2021
4705
5.30%
24.47%
Jun / 2021
281
-51.72%
238.55%
Jul / 2021
797
-28.97%
20.94%
Q2 / 2021
9952
13.41%
67.88%
Jul / 2021
11231
-12.80%
18.77%
Jul / 2021
12196
-4.57%
122.72%
Jul / 2021
1142
-13.88%
33.41%
Jun / 2021
998
-3.39%
2.25%
Jul / 2021
2852
-4.65%
1.97%
Q1 / 2021
4318
-9.61%
-36.04%
Dec / 2020
76
-18.28%
-23.23%
Q2 / 2021
2099
0.48%
12.31%
Q1 / 2021
319
-11.39%
-21.81%
Jun / 2021
1267
14.87%
5.15%
Jul / 2021
46100
32.47%
30.23%
Jun / 2021
18139
-19.41%
6.82%
Jun / 2021
2069
9.30%
17.89%
Jun / 2021
497
16.67%
185.63%
Jun / 2021
50
4.17%
-1.96%
Jun / 2021
1540
-7.23%
48.22%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q2 / 2021
2128
8.68%
146.58%
Q1 / 2021
1980
-17.05%
2.54%
Q1 / 2021
13926
-1.76%
16.50%
Jul / 2021
77182
3.57%
9.88%
Jun / 2021
2392
8.19%
43.41%
Q2 / 2021
1001
46.35%
43.41%
Q2 / 2021
3253
-10.14%
48.40%
Mar / 2021
267
38.34%
66.88%
Q2 / 2021
23
4.55%
Jun / 2021
-8699
40.91%
-52.53%
Q2 / 2021
65
91.18%
-30.11%
Jun / 2021
1719
-18.76%
8.18%
Jul / 2021
4211
5.43%
24.18%
Jul / 2021
1528
-48.95%
-40.36%
Q2 / 2021
2649
18.00%
117.67%
Q1 / 2021
33627
8.38%
9.04%
Jul / 2021
28845
6.26%
16.81%
Jul / 2021
1897
-17.45%
-16.76%
Jul / 2021
210
14.13%
-18.60%
Jul / 2021
4891
4.49%
18.89%
Jul / 2021
1459
22.50%
27.09%
Q2 / 2021
3057
-6.34%
-10.74%
Q2 / 2021
5919
45.57%
53.46%
Jul / 2021
201
-2.90%
-20.55%
Aug / 2020
11
-8.33%
57.14%
Jun / 2021
3951
16.17%
144.34%
Jul / 2021
7145
-17.80%
5.99%
Feb / 2020
1425
-23.84%
-34.63%
Q1 / 2021
136
15.25%
27.10%
Q2 / 2021
2641
5.14%
10.00%
Jul / 2021
16359
37.19%
-0.53%
Q2 / 2021
155308
-10.09%
12.74%
Jul / 2021
1635000
-5.65%
6.03%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q3 / 2020
39880
126.85%
-7.23%
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