Building Permits

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,297,000.

  • 5.9% (±1.4 percent) above the revised September rate of 1,225,000;
  • 0.9% (±1.6 percent)* above the October 2016 rate of 1,285,000.
  • Single-family authorizations in October were at a rate of 839,000;
  • 1.9% (±1.7 percent) above the revised September figure of 823,000.

Authorizations of U.S. residential units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 416,000 in October 2017.

October 2017 new residential construction starts permits completions

Housing Starts

Privately-owned U.S. housing starts in October 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,290,000.

  • This is 13.7% (±10.5 percent) above the revised September estimate of 1,135,000;
  • 2.9% (±10.1 percent)* below the October 2016 rate of 1,328,000.
  • Single-family housing starts in October were at a rate of 877,000;
  • 5.3% (±12.1 percent)* above the revised September figure of 833,000.

The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 393,000.

Housing Completions

Privately-owned United States housing completions in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,232,000.

  • 12.6% (±12.2 percent) above the revised September estimate of 1,094,000;
  • 15.5% (±11.7 percent) above the October 2016 rate of 1,067,000.
  • Single-family housing completions in October were at a rate of 793,000;
  • 2.6% (±11.1 percent)* above the revised September rate of 773,000.

The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 433,000.

The November 2017 U.S. new residential construction starts, permits and completions report is scheduled for release on December 19, 2017.