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BPS Announcements by Date

  • 5/02/22 - Final annual estimates for 2021 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by Census Region, Census Division, state, metropolitan area, county, and permit-issuing place are now available. Revised monthly estimates for the U.S. and Census Regions for the prior year which have been "benchmarked" to the final annual totals are also released.

  • 11/17/21 - Notice of methodology change: Beginning with the January 2022 New Residential Construction release on February 17, 2022, the monthly Building Permits Survey design will change from a representative sample to a cut-off sample. This change will allow complete local and county data on new housing units authorized by permits to be published on a monthly basis going forward. For additional details on this change and the impact on New Residential Construction, see our Methodology Change FAQs.

  • 5/03/21 - Final annual estimates for 2020 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by Census Region, Census Division, state, metropolitan area, county, and permit-issuing place are now available. Revised monthly estimates for the U.S. and Census Regions for the prior year which have been "benchmarked" to the final annual totals are also released.

  • 5/01/20 - Final annual estimates for 2019 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by Census Region, Census Division, state, metropolitan area, county, and permit-issuing place are now available. Revised monthly estimates for the U.S. and Census Regions for the prior year which have been "benchmarked" to the final annual totals are also released.

  • 1/03/20 - The Seasonally Adjusted and Seaonal Factors tabs in the Excel file for Permits by United States and Regions has been updated to reflect updates from preliminary data that was released on December 17, 2019 with the New Residential Construction Press Release to revised data that was released on December 23, 2019.

  • 12/23/19 - Beginning in November 2019, the U.S. and Region files will be available only in Excel format. The Excel file will contain time series of monthly unadjusted monthly units and valuations; monthly seasonally adjusted; monthly seasonal factors; and Annual units and valuations. PDF versions will no longer be produced.

  • Beginning in November 2019 - State and Metropolitan files will be available only in Excel format and contain current month units and valuation as well as year to date units and valuation. Text format will no longer be produced.

  • Beginning in November 2019 - Relative Standard Errors files will be in Excel Format and contain current month units and valuation. Text format will no longer be produced.

  • 2/28/19 - The U.S. Census Bureau updated its 2019 economic indicator release calendar to include January-March 2019 releases following the recent lapse in federal funding. Please visit our Breifing Room for the full schedule.

  • 2/27/19 pm - Today at approximately 12:00pm, updated December 2018 Metropolitan Area text and ASCII files were reposted. These updated files are replacing the files that were originally posted yesterday morning, February 26, 2019 that were missing approximately 65+ metro areas.

  • 2/27/19 am - The December 2018 Metropolitan Area, current month and year-to-date, ASCII and text files have been removed temporarily due to approximately 65+ missing metro areas. We will provide updated files as soon as they become available.

  • 2/27/19 - The U.S. Census Bureau continues to update its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. We will provide additional updated release dates as soon as they become available. Please visit our webpage at www.census.gov/economic-indicators.

  • 2/6/19 - Rescheduled December 2018 release dates have been posted! The U.S. Census Bureau continues to update its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. We will provide additional updated release dates as soon as they become available. Please visit our webpage at www.census.gov/economic-indicators.

  • 1/30/19 - Rescheduled November 2018 release dates have been posted! The U.S. Census Bureau continues to update its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. We will provide additional updated release dates as soon as they become available. Please visit our webpage at www.census.gov/economic-indicators.

  • 1/28/19 - The U.S. Census Bureau is updating its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. We will provide the updated release schedule as soon as it becomes available. Please visit our webpage at www.census.gov/economic-indicators.

  • 9/26/18 - For August 2018 Building Permits data release only, the monthly footnotes file will be available in PDF, Text, and Excel formats. Beginning with September 2018 Building Permits data release, the monthly footnotes file will only be available in Excel format.

  • 9/20/18 - The Building Permits County files (current month and year-to-date) for July 2018 has been updated to include counties that were missing from the original file previously released on August 23, 2018.

  • 5/16/18 - For the U.S. and Census Regions, seasonally adjusted estimates for January 2012 through March 2018 for housing units authorized by building permits will be released with the April 2018 New Residential Construction release on May 16, 2018.

  • 5/1/18 - Final annual estimates for 2017 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by Census Region, Census Division, state, metropolitan area, county, and permit-issuing place are now available. Revised monthly estimates for the U.S. and Census Regions for the prior year which have been "benchmarked" to the final annual totals are also released.

  • 2/16/18 - With the April 2018 release, seasonally adjusted estimates of housing units authorized by building permits will be revised back to January 2012. With each April release, seasonally adjusted data will now be revised for an additional five years beyond the revision period for unadjusted data. Research has shown that this revision span should produce more reliable seasonally adjusted time series.

  • 9/19/17 - For information on the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the compilation of these data, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on our website.

  • 10/1/16 - As of October 2016, Building Permits data are available free of charge.

  • 9/25/16 - Coverage Footnotes, in Text format, are now available under Related Information.

  • 12/26/14 - Beginning with the January 2015 release, the building permit data reflect a small increase in the universe of permit-issuing places and are labeled as the 2014 Universe.

  • 10/8/14 - The Census Bureau identified a processing error affecting estimates for imputed data by permit-issuing place and county for August 2014, originally released on September 25, 2014. On October 8, 2014, new estimates were compiled and released, which impacted less than 6% percent of places. For the places affected, the average correction was approximately 2 housing units. Data for the metropolitan area, state and national level were unaffected by this error.

  • 5/1/14 - Final annual estimates for 2013 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by Census Region, Census Division, state, metropolitan area, county, and permit-issuing place will be released on May 1, 2014.

  • 2/27/13 - On February 2013, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released detailed information on current lists of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Delineations. Building permits data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas definitions only are effective with January 2014 (released February 27, 2014). Historic building permits data will not be revised to reflect new metropolitan area definitions. For detailed information, go to New OMB Definitions.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | New Residential Construction | (301) 763-5160 |  Last Revised: November 28, 2022