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 / 2020
136
6.25%
-38.46%
Sep / 2020
16222
23.72%
12.05%
Q3 / 2019
19287
7.74%
12.70%
Q3 / 2019
242
-28.82%
-16.84%
Jul / 2020
4417
-4.27%
-19.37%
Sep / 2020
429
487.67%
-30.92%
Sep / 2020
845
18.68%
74.59%
Q3 / 2020
7414
25.07%
-17.79%
Sep / 2020
10683
8.77%
28.09%
Aug / 2020
11661
7.29%
12.63%
Sep / 2020
1482
31.85%
13.13%
Aug / 2020
790
-17.36%
50.48%
Sep / 2020
2680
-8.69%
1.98%
Q3 / 2020
3113
-24.46%
-49.99%
Dec / 2019
99
-12.39%
19.28%
Q3 / 2020
3338
-811.42%
3402.62%
Q1 / 2020
408
2.77%
-3.32%
Sep / 2020
794
-29.67%
2.85%
Sep / 2020
39000
17.82%
0.26%
Aug / 2020
15690
4.29%
1.44%
Aug / 2020
1287
-2.65%
-3.45%
Jul / 2020
199
4875.00%
-69.15%
Sep / 2020
46
-9.80%
-9.80%
Sep / 2020
1085
4.43%
1.78%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q2 / 2020
862
-49.85%
-50.99%
Q2 / 2020
3055
-11.88%
-9.45%
Q1 / 2020
12820
-12.51%
-1.19%
Sep / 2020
70186
-1.29%
-9.92%
Sep / 2020
2168
29.98%
13.09%
Q3 / 2020
902
29.23%
-11.83%
Q3 / 2020
1949
-12.52%
-6.97%
Jun / 2020
193
20.63%
6.63%
Q3 / 2020
67
204.55%
-42.24%
Sep / 2020
248
-9.16%
15.89%
Q2 / 2020
93
244.44%
86.00%
Sep / 2020
1552
-2.21%
18.56%
Jul / 2020
3391
55.98%
-0.85%
Oct / 2020
2945
14.95%
13.88%
Q1 / 2020
2211
-16.69%
-15.51%
Q1 / 2020
30838
19.21%
12.02%
Oct / 2020
26780
8.45%
-3.75%
Sep / 2020
1887
-1.10%
-5.79%
Oct / 2020
246
-4.65%
-42.39%
Sep / 2020
4289
10.51%
11.00%
Sep / 2020
1653
67.14%
25.04%
Q1 / 2020
1827
-15.06%
-51.19%
Q2 / 2020
3857
-24.70%
-16.46%
Oct / 2020
255
8.51%
-5.56%
Dec / 2019
8
-33.33%
-27.27%
Sep / 2020
3410
139.30%
15.87%
Sep / 2020
6639
-2.77%
30.95%
Feb / 2020
1425
-23.84%
-34.63%
Q2 / 2020
77
-28.04%
-47.62%
Q3 / 2020
1539
-28.98%
-17.66%
Aug / 2020
14030
23.58%
8.17%
Q3 / 2020
145217
10.41%
150.95%
Oct / 2020
1545000
4.18%
2.79%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q4 / 2019
34260
-11.47%
-16.56%
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