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 / 2022
292
4.29%
67.82%
Q1 / 2022
90
-27.42%
-19.64%
Apr / 2022
13973
35.20%
-34.27%
Q4 / 2021
16750
-4.24%
-14.31%
Q2 / 2021
387
21.70%
128.99%
Feb / 2022
4324
-1.57%
-2.85%
Mar / 2022
392
-21.76%
-33.45%
Apr / 2022
890
16.64%
-20.68%
Q1 / 2022
9489
-23.44%
8.14%
Apr / 2022
10925
38.82%
-15.18%
Apr / 2022
9700
53.12%
-24.10%
May / 2022
7
-99.58%
-99.59%
Mar / 2022
962
-7.50%
-6.87%
Apr / 2022
2777
3.39%
-7.15%
Q1 / 2022
5318
9.74%
-16.72%
Dec / 2020
76
-18.28%
-23.23%
Q1 / 2022
1851
-10.32%
-11.39%
Q4 / 2021
292
2.46%
-18.89%
Apr / 2022
873
57.30%
-28.85%
Apr / 2022
40900
11.14%
12.98%
Mar / 2022
16905
-0.99%
-24.90%
Feb / 2022
1808
-21.49%
14.72%
Mar / 2022
615
133.84%
44.37%
Mar / 2022
43
43.33%
-10.42%
Apr / 2022
1420
55.19%
-14.25%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q1 / 2022
2413
2.68%
23.24%
Q4 / 2021
3214
40.10%
32.10%
Q4 / 2021
16159
8.55%
14.00%
Apr / 2022
76179
27.62%
2.22%
Feb / 2022
1739
-19.94%
-8.28%
Q1 / 2022
697
-11.10%
1.90%
Q1 / 2022
2390
-10.52%
-33.24%
Dec / 2021
131
-36.10%
-32.12%
Q1 / 2022
320
138.81%
31.69%
Apr / 2022
337
30.12%
44.64%
Q1 / 2022
64
156.00%
88.24%
Mar / 2022
1709
0.23%
-19.61%
Mar / 2022
5303
28.46%
25.72%
May / 2022
2691
18.08%
23.10%
Q3 / 2021
2855
7.78%
44.63%
Q3 / 2021
33981
-11.48%
18.42%
May / 2022
30181
18.25%
1.69%
Apr / 2022
1877
-14.10%
-20.13%
May / 2022
256
3.64%
108.13%
Apr / 2022
3956
55.14%
-15.49%
Apr / 2022
1315
25.24%
10.41%
Q1 / 2022
1595
8.21%
-51.13%
Q1 / 2022
4093
-42.41%
0.66%
May / 2022
204
-20.62%
-23.31%
Sep / 2021
12
9.09%
0.00%
Apr / 2022
3924
-28.21%
-14.42%
Apr / 2022
7605
53.89%
-12.51%
Feb / 2020
1425
-23.84%
-34.63%
Q3 / 2021
102
-15.70%
-22.73%
Q1 / 2022
2490
-8.49%
-6.85%
Apr / 2022
13770
-16.30%
15.48%
Q1 / 2022
125854
-46.93%
-27.95%
May / 2022
1695000
-8.72%
0.24%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q3 / 2021
46110
-2.29%
14.87%
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