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CSO statistical release, 25 September 2014, 11am

Planning Permissions

Quarter 2 2014

 Number of Dwelling Units
 Houses Apartments Totals
Quarter 2 20131,4964301,926
Quarter 2 20141,4921141,606
% change-0.3%-73.5%-16.6%

Dwelling units approved down 16.6% in year

Planning Permissions
In the second quarter of 2014, planning permissions were granted for 1,606 dwelling units, compared with 1,926 units for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 16.6%.
 
 
The second quarter figures also show that: 
  • Planning permissions were granted for 1,492 houses in the second quarter of 2014 and 1,496 in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 0.3%. See Table 4.
  • Planning permissions were granted for 114 apartment units, compared with 430 units for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 73.5%. See Table 4.
  • One-off houses accounted for 46.8% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission this quarter. See Table 4.
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 4,149. This compares with 3,368 in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 23.2%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 712 thousand square meters in the second quarter of 2014.  Of this, 41.6% was for new dwellings, 34.0% for other new construction and 24.4% for extensions.  The total floor area planned decreased by 14.6% in comparison with the same quarter in 2013. See Table 1.
  • Planning permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 137 this quarter.  This compares to 153 permissions in the same quarter of 2013. See Table 3(a).

X-axis labelPlanning Permissions CivilPlanning Permissions Non-Res Planning Permissions Dwellings
20092227486818939
20101775384713217
20111741366510586
2012204437948569
2013225734408204
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted, Q1 2005 - Q2 2014
            
  Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m )1
  New ConstructionExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  New ConstructionExtensionTotal
Period DwellingsOther DwellingsOther
            
2005Q 16,1701,5713,02858611,355 3,2999854274,711
 Q 26,7222,0683,84567213,307 3,7641,4784885,730
 Q 36,4852,1894,47677813,928 3,2191,3275305,076
 Q 45,9571,8713,53365312,014 2,8831,1674274,478
 Year25,3347,69914,8822,68950,604 13,1654,9571,87219,995
            
2006Q 15,8901,8223,57560311,890 2,9991,1514444,595
 Q 25,5952,4944,13766612,892 2,7371,6124754,824
 Q 36,0352,9654,75975614,515 2,9811,7645935,337
 Q 45,2543,1723,88365312,962 2,3741,6974614,532
 Year22,77410,45316,3542,67852,259 11,0916,2241,97319,288
            
2007Q 15,7094,9954,03365115,388 2,9522,2725705,793
 Q 25,6366,2294,75169517,311 3,4092,6686436,719
 Q 3 5,8805,4115,21083717,338 3,1652,7487256,638
 Q 45,0282,7673,84169412,330 2,6801,6265294,835
 Year22,25319,40217,8352,87762,367 12,2069,3142,46723,985
            
2008Q 14,7772,1043,52365111,055 2,6451,3595094,514
 Q 24,7222,0503,74370011,215 2,9011,4254444,770
 Q 34,2531,7744,16671110,904 2,2631,2654703,998
 Q 43,7391,6163,0036198,977 2,0281,1023873,517
 Year17,4917,54414,4352,68142,151 9,8375,1511,81016,799
            
2009Q 13,2751,2312,4994817,486 2,0908704593,419
 Q 22,6891,1582,4055046,756 1,7538722812,906
 Q 32,5051,2182,4334996,655 1,2739152782,466
 Q 41,9119081,8854335,137 8124081791,399
 Year10,3804,5159,2221,91726,034 5,9283,0651,19710,190
            
2010Q 11,7687751,6173594,519 8443031811,328
 Q 21,5137721,9963944,675 7765532321,561
 Q 3 1,6348662,3194535,272 7274152711,412
 Q 41,4327921,7783714,373 514254186955
 Year6,3473,2057,7101,57718,839 2,8611,5258705,256
            
2011Q 11,2777001,6374054,019 5993762021,177
 Q 21,2647211,8663934,244 5604522091,222
 Q 3 1,2718621,8964174,446 465288216969
 Q 49556811,3123353,283 357214137708
 Year4,7672,9646,7111,55015,992 1,9821,3307654,077
            
2012Q 19576951,3393773,368 279283173734
 Q 29428281,5493533,672 284341199824
 Q 39071,0501,6804104,047 312346219877
 Q 48378341,3413083,320 325261177763
 Year3,6433,4075,9091,44814,407 1,1991,2317683,198
            
2013Q 18627851,2963323,275 394366169930
 Q 27727541,4893533,368 333331170834
 Q 39319041,6653753,875 282312229823
 Q 47519881,2453993,383 295297159751
 Year3,3163,4315,6951,45913,901 1,3051,3067273,338
            
2014Q 18911,0061,3965403,833 336229180744
 Q 28751,0911,5905934,149 296242174712
            
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2014, classified by region, county and type of development
           
Planning Region and CountyNumber of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m)
New Construction  ExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal New Construction  ExtensionTotal1
Dwellings Other DwellingsOther
           
Border, Midland and West          
2852814091161,091 806755203
           
Border10611620760489 30253590
           
Cavan122329872 35714
Donegal31347814157 83921
Leitrim125513 0001
Louth1618451695 801321
Monaghan331725681 813425
Sligo1322251171 3339
           
Midland55566317191 1619641
           
Laois122019657 3327
Longford71114234 2024
Offaly221110447 711119
Westmeath141420553 45211
           
West12410913939411 34231471
           
Galway City615231256 47112
Galway270615612199 176630
Mayo37174210106 106420
Roscommon111618550 35210
           
Southern and Eastern5908101,1814773,058 217175118510
           
Dublin1122064812281,027 777128177
           
Dublin City49129175176529 18131041
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown2041156145 90514
Fingal284210628204 3722766
South Dublin15318518149 1336656
           
Mid-East9710414550396 36211571
           
Kildare26304725128 74516
Meath45374511138 1716639
Wicklow26375314130 121316
           
Mid-West10111612750394 27231161
           
Clare23334514115 54414
Limerick 52545429189 1413432
North Tipperary262928790 76316
           
South-East10818617966539 34382596
           
Carlow928221372 211316
Kilkenny25394223129 96923
South Tipperary192224469 43310
Waterford17544110122 56416
Wexford38435016147 1411530
           
South-West17219824983702 432239104
           
Cork City924372393 1034
Cork212711215935433 29162974
Kerry36625325176 136826
           
State8751,0911,5905934,149 296242174712
           
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
2 Excluding cities
 - No permissions
Note: 0 implies less than 500sq m
Table 3(a) Number of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2014, classified by region, type of development and functional category
          
Functional Category
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt-,Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseCivil Eng.OtherTotal
          
New Construction         
          
Border, Midland and Western2851444761094106566
          
Border1063203144342222
Midland554102121621111
West1247142443543233
          
Southern and Eastern59048932611212323791,400
          
Dublin11217273442131318
Mid-East976132143345201
Mid-West1017231253246217
South-East10812317546067294
South West1726249-46590370
          
State875621373317313264851,966
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western2891717144824--409
          
Border1488892311--207
Midland4243293--63
West995631610--139
          
Southern and Eastern9915020187032--1,181
          
Dublin43517-4178--481
Mid-East12162385--145
Mid-West10283293--127
South-East1361173157--179
South West197886219--249
          
State1,28067373211856--1,590
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western3041482112--116
          
Border172422114--60
Midland342341--17
West1013-367--39
          
Southern and Eastern2131567106130--477
          
Dublin12471-4218--228
Mid-East171511124--50
Mid-West16171385--50
South-East18291-117--66
South West38244296--83
          
State24319711188242--593
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western6047265297546941061,091
          
Border27135301435194342489
Midland100121571461621191
West2332520826213543411
          
Southern and Eastern1,79425412054142832323793,058
          
Dublin6711052154120421311,027
Mid-East2352716621133345396
Mid-West2193227619133246394
South-East26252391031186067539
South West40738361730196590702
          
State2,398326185832171293264854,149
          
- No permissions
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q2 2014, classified by region and functional category
 Functional Category
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt., Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseTotal1
        
New Construction       
        
Border, Midland and Western801335865147
        
Border3022120155
Midland1621042135
West349435357
        
Southern and Eastern2176858162211391
        
Dublin775134113148
Mid-East364806257
Mid-West2761302150
South-East34517103472
South West432172-165
        
State2968093242816539
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western 2036320355
        
Border1014217235
Midland3111106
West81103114
        
Southern and Eastern577126306118
        
Dublin202-13228
Mid-East80015115
Mid-West62112011
South-East92417225
South West1318213139
        
State7611189509174
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
        
Border, Midland and Western100164111268203
        
        
Border40325417390
Midland1931152141
West4210537571
        
Southern and Eastern2737571215217510
        
Dublin975335145177
Mid-East4358111371
Mid-West3381414161
South-East436201010696
South West563254132104
        
State37391112337826712
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
 - No Permission
Note: 0 implies less than 500sq m
Table 4 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2009 - Q2 2014
  
 All Housesof which Multi-Development Housesof which One-Off HousesApartments
 Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)
  
  
                 
2009Q 13,02510,2561,687164.52827,513995132.42,7432,743692252.42373,92138297.4
 Q 22,4757,7391,273164.52375,501707128.52,2382,238566252.92025,09246791.7
 Q 32,3045,362963179.61963,254434133.32,1082,108529251.11953,22230694.9
 Q 41,7633,457669193.41391,833252137.71,6241,624416256.31371,50713187.0
 Year9,56726,8144,592171.385418,1012,388131.98,7138,7132,203252.877113,7421,28693.6
                  
2010Q 11,6643,585667186.21122,033280137.51,5521,552388249.9921,92516384.5
 Q 21,3953,043548180.0951,743219125.41,3001,300329253.21152,33522897.6
 Q 31,5372,817552196.0941,374192139.41,4431,443361249.9891,82416791.6
 Q 41,3622,159441204.475872122139.71,2871,287319248.2657907190.4
 Year5,95811,6042,208190.33766,022813135.55,5825,5821,397250.33616,87462991.5
                  
2011Q 11,2053,075528171.7781,948246126.21,1271,127282250.36759265109.2
 Q 21,1972,599487187.3711,473204138.81,1261,126282250.7637117098.9
 Q 3 1,2071,887389206.483763111145.91,1241,124278247.55662573117.5
 Q 49071,537302196.34167186128.6866866210249.0436195487.9
 Year4,5169,0981,706187.52734,855647133.44,2434,2431,058249.42292,547263103.2
                  
2012Q 19021,263268212.43439553134.7868868215247.84992780.8
 Q 28751,166257220.04533648143.2830830208251.26224024101.8
 Q 38571,540302196.156739107145.4801801194242.84798885.1
 Q 47881,420283199.43766996143.2751751187249.5464314092.5
 Year3,4225,3891,110206.01722,139305142.43,2503,250805247.82048618093.0
                  
2013Q 18181,860345185.7451,087155142.6773773190246.24044846102.1
 Q 27271,496280187.143812109134.5684684171249.64043050116.9
 Q 38641,252266212.64543363146.6819819203247.5641571276.6
 Q 46941,394270193.654754109144.1640640161252.0531621593.6
 Year3,1036,0021,161193.51873,086436141.42,9162,916725248.61971,197123103.0
                  
2014Q 18351,446296204.661672106157.3774774190245.7491581596.9
 Q 28091,492283190.05774099133.2752752185245.9631141084.9
                  

Background Notes

Scope and Background

Details of the scope and background of this series were given in the March 1973 Statistical Bulletin. The Planning and Development Acts 1963 - 2000, imposes certain requirements on builders, developers and all other persons who propose to build or develop and specifies that a planning permission must be obtained from the relevant Planning Authority.

Local authority building (including housing) is exempt in the case where construction takes place in the Authorities’ own area. Therefore, works undertaken by a local authority outside its functional area come within the scope of the Acts, and need planning permission. Planning permission is also needed for development by the State, except where the consultation procedures provided for in the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1993 obtain (e.g. national security, public safety or order, the administration of justice etc). This series only provides coverage where development is subject to the requirement to obtain planning permission.

This series is also available using the interactive tables in Database Direct on www.cso.ie. 

Regions

The Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994, established eight new Regions. The CSO has adopted these in place of the old Planning Regions as the basis for the regional breakdown of planning permissions data. 

Classification

Planning permissions are classified by type of development, local authority district and by regional authority.  A distinction is made between residential and non-residential building and civil engineering. 

Coverage

Only final grants of permission or approvals are covered, i.e. only works which involve construction.  The following permissions are excluded since they do not entail construction per se:

  • Changes of a technical and business nature as distinct from a building or structural nature;
  • Outline permission;
  • Retention of an existing building;
  • Changes to existing plan;
  • Bye-law permission;
  • Refusals - permissions subsequently granted on appeal by An Bord Pleanála are included.  

Rounding

As the figures for floor area have been rounded there may be slight discrepancies between the sum of the constituent items and the totals shown.

Estimates are included where complete details of floor area size are not available.  

NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification used by Eurostat.  The NUTS3 regions correspond to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994.  The NUTS2 regions, which were proposed by Government and agreed by Eurostat in 1999, are groupings of the NUTS3 regions.  The composition of the regions is set out below.

  

Border Midlands and Western

NUTS 2 Region

   

Eastern and Southern

NUTS 2 Region

 
         
Border Cavan

 

Dublin Dublin
  Donegal     Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown   
  Leitrim     Fingal
  Louth     South Dubin
  Monaghan      
  Sligo      
         
Midland Laois   Mid-East Kildare
  Longford     Meath
  Offaly     Wicklow
  Westmeath      
         
West Galway City   South-West Cork City
  Galway County     Cork County
  Mayo     Kerrry
  Roscommon      
      South-East Carlow
        Kilkenny
        South Tipperary
        Waterford
        Wexford
         
      Mid -West Clare
        Limerick
        North Tipperary
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