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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Latest
value
Change
3 months
Change
12 months
Q4 / 2020
230
38.55%
59.72%
Dec / 2020
16904
1.53%
20.93%
Q3 / 2020
23919
38.14%
24.02%
Q3 / 2019
242
-28.82%
-16.84%
Dec / 2020
4974
15.49%
20.61%
Jan / 2021
274
-56.23%
-36.87%
Feb / 2021
442
-42.15%
-25.34%
Q4 / 2020
9779
31.90%
30.79%
Feb / 2021
8602
-9.32%
32.20%
Feb / 2021
6598
-41.13%
-39.45%
Feb / 2021
1424
25.02%
28.52%
Jan / 2021
702
-22.26%
0.86%
Feb / 2021
2098
-17.98%
-14.68%
Q4 / 2020
3764
-1.00%
-49.37%
Dec / 2019
99
-12.39%
19.28%
Q4 / 2020
1605
-51.92%
-23.43%
Q3 / 2020
335
5.35%
-12.76%
Feb / 2021
676
-11.05%
1.50%
Feb / 2021
31300
-6.85%
-8.75%
Jan / 2021
15013
-9.70%
12.91%
Jan / 2021
1441
-18.26%
6.58%
Dec / 2020
289
-2.36%
-5.86%
Jan / 2021
32
-23.81%
23.08%
Jan / 2021
1011
2.54%
37.55%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q4 / 2020
1830
-16.21%
15.46%
Q3 / 2020
2035
21.42%
-13.66%
Q2 / 2020
10537
-17.60%
-25.09%
Jan / 2021
58448
-17.31%
-3.14%
Dec / 2020
2393
10.38%
14.77%
Q4 / 2020
771
-14.52%
6.79%
Q4 / 2020
2877
47.99%
30.54%
Sep / 2020
147
-26.50%
10.53%
Q4 / 2020
8
-89.74%
0.00%
Feb / 2021
346
66.35%
39.52%
Q4 / 2020
69
97.14%
13.11%
Jan / 2021
1584
7.03%
14.95%
Feb / 2021
3129
-19.38%
-4.75%
Mar / 2021
2565
0.12%
-0.54%
Q4 / 2020
2732
38.40%
2.94%
Q4 / 2020
31026
8.12%
19.94%
Feb / 2021
27179
22.63%
43.65%
Feb / 2021
1906
-1.65%
-6.39%
Mar / 2021
500
17.37%
109.21%
Feb / 2021
3195
1.36%
3.06%
Feb / 2021
790
-49.97%
20.06%
Q1 / 2020
1827
-15.06%
-51.19%
Q4 / 2020
4827
-7.95%
-22.81%
Mar / 2021
255
5.37%
39.34%
Aug / 2020
11
-8.33%
57.14%
Jan / 2021
2782
-32.01%
10.48%
Feb / 2021
5065
-17.56%
5.74%
Feb / 2020
1425
-23.84%
-34.63%
Q3 / 2020
132
71.43%
-4.35%
Q4 / 2020
1899
11.38%
-2.37%
Jan / 2021
19811
83.98%
65.22%
Q4 / 2020
186168
31.26%
29.37%
Mar / 2021
1766000
3.64%
30.24%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q4 / 2019
34260
-11.47%
-16.56%
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