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
Q1 / 2020
128
-7.91%
-20.50%
Jun / 2020
12770
-18.20%
-10.58%
Q3 / 2019
19287
7.74%
12.70%
Q3 / 2019
242
-28.82%
-16.84%
Apr / 2020
4500
8.62%
-9.13%
May / 2020
8
-97.75%
-98.27%
Jun / 2020
712
15.02%
11.95%
Q2 / 2020
5928
-6.16%
-29.90%
May / 2020
8358
28.45%
-19.18%
Apr / 2020
4241
-69.20%
-65.15%
May / 2020
1098
-0.90%
-19.68%
Apr / 2020
339
-51.29%
-54.31%
Jun / 2020
2936
21.93%
3.38%
Q2 / 2020
3460
-32.61%
-59.99%
Dec / 2019
99
-12.39%
19.28%
Q2 / 2020
1869
-7.52%
2.02%
Q4 / 2019
397
3.39%
-7.67%
May / 2020
735
21.29%
-24.07%
May / 2020
17900
-46.73%
-49.72%
May / 2020
15045
18.15%
-4.84%
Apr / 2020
960
-27.71%
-22.83%
Feb / 2020
342
-22.62%
-44.48%
May / 2020
44
214.29%
10.00%
May / 2020
1022
32.90%
-22.98%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q1 / 2020
1719
8.39%
-5.03%
Q1 / 2020
1648
-28.57%
-30.41%
Q4 / 2019
14653
11.71%
8.09%
Jun / 2020
71101
0.53%
-12.80%
Mar / 2020
887
-57.46%
-45.65%
Q1 / 2020
749
3.74%
13.31%
Q1 / 2020
2110
-5.08%
61.07%
Dec / 2019
158
18.80%
-7.60%
Q1 / 2020
19
137.50%
11.76%
May / 2020
161
-35.08%
-27.48%
Q1 / 2020
27
-55.74%
-35.71%
May / 2020
1391
2.51%
-4.86%
Jun / 2020
3477
19.28%
20.44%
Jun / 2020
2662
3.22%
-12.98%
Q1 / 2020
2211
-16.69%
-15.51%
Q1 / 2020
20515
-20.70%
-25.48%
Jun / 2020
26822
23.03%
23.60%
May / 2020
1734
-12.34%
-24.41%
Jun / 2020
226
-5.44%
9.71%
Jun / 2020
3881
20.38%
0.18%
May / 2020
643
-2.28%
-26.09%
Q1 / 2020
1827
-15.06%
-51.19%
Q1 / 2020
5122
-18.09%
32.69%
Jun / 2020
241
85.38%
2.55%
Dec / 2019
8
-33.33%
-27.27%
Apr / 2020
976
-59.09%
-77.22%
May / 2020
6182
29.06%
-16.09%
Dec / 2019
1312
11.56%
-43.20%
Q4 / 2019
127
-7.97%
-8.63%
Q1 / 2020
1797
-4.97%
-20.63%
Jun / 2020
13781
25.42%
48.52%
Q1 / 2020
80216
-39.57%
3.97%
Jun / 2020
1241000
-8.48%
-2.51%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q4 / 2019
34260
-11.47%
-16.56%
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