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CSO statistical release, 16 March 2018, 11am

Planning Permissions

Quarter 4 2017

Number of Dwelling Units
Houses Apartments Totals
Year 201715,4405,33620,776
Year 201612,4813,89416,375
% change23.7%37.0%26.9%
   
Quarter 4 20174,2922,6426,934
Quarter 4 20163,2451,0844,329
% change32.3%143.7%60.2%

Dwelling units approved up 26.9% in year

Figure 1 Number of Dwelling Units approved classified by type of unit, Q42015 - Q22017
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In the year 2017, planning permissions were granted for 20,776 dwelling units, compared with 16,375 units in the year 2016, an increase of 26.9%.

 The fourth quarter figures show that:

  • Planning permissions were granted for 6,934 dwelling units, compared with 4,329 units for the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 60.2%.
  • Planning permissions were granted for 4,292 houses in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 3,245 in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 32.3%. See Table 4
  • Planning permissions were granted for 2,642 apartment units, compared with 1,084 units for the same period in 2016, an increase of 143.7%. See Table 4
  • One-off houses accounted for 19.1% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission in this quarter. See Table 4.
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 5,961. This compares with 4,823 in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 23.6%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 1,593 thousand square metres in the fourth quarter of 2017. Of this, 60.4% was for new dwellings, 26.2% for other new constructions and 13.4% for extensions.  The total floor area planned increased by 20.2% in comparison with the same quarter in 2016. See Table 1.
  • Planning permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 289 this quarter. This compares to 308 permissions in the same quarter of 2016. See Table 3(a).

Annualised planning permission data for 2017 is available in Tables 5, 6 & 7.

X-axis labelPlanning Permissions CivilPlanning Permissions Non-Res Planning Permissions Dwellings
201380634408204
2014123234989072
2015151940859845
20161913514311497
20172197522814153
Table A Summary of Planning Permissions granted for new Dwelling Units
Period All HousesAnnual % changeof which Multi- Development HousesAnnual % changeof which One-off housesAnnual % changeApartmentsAnnual % change Total Dwellings (All Houses & Apartments)Annual % change
2015Q12,51474%1,606139%90817%699342% 3,213100%
Q22,63777%1,816145%8219%473315% 3,11094%
Q32,34532%1,39545%95016%359-1% 2,70426%
Q42,75445%1,84159%91322%1,263731% 4,01795%
Year10,25055%6,65889%3,59216%2,794256% 13,04476%
            
2016Q12,5341%1,556-3%9788%557-20% 3,091-4%
Q22,340-11%1,350-26%99021%80169% 3,1411%
Q34,36286%3,233132%1,12919%1,452305% 5,814115%
Q43,24518%2,11215%1,13324%1,084-14% 4,3298%
Year12,48122%8,25124%4,23018%3,89439% 16,37526%
            
2017Q13,75448%2,48159%1,27330%89661% 4,65050%
Q23,63055%2,38276%1,24826%8233% 4,45342%
Q33,764-14%2,382-26%1,38222%975-33% 4,739-18%
Q44,29232%2,97041%1,32217%2,642144% 6,93460%
Year15,44024%10,21524%5,22524%5,33637% 20,77627%
Note: Percentages are rounded for tabular purposes
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q1 2009 - Q4 2017
Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m)
 New Construction    New Construction  
Period DwellingsOtherExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  DwellingsOtherExtensionTotal1
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
 Q 39621,1831,7054784,328 366379228974
 Q 48781,0191,2613463,504 368214172754
 Year3,6064,2995,9521,95715,814 1,3661,0647543,184
            
2015Q 11,0661,0461,4543353,901 525243206973
 Q 29911,0211,6633724,047 5273212161,065
 Q 31,1281,4921,9424475,009 4945682931,354
 Q 41,0841,5651,4134084,470 6016871801,468
 Year4,2695,1246,4721,56217,427 2,1471,8198954,861
            
2016Q 11,1691,6951,6803704,914 5025222561,280
 Q 21,2031,7581,8494265,236 5544602311,245
 Q 31,4031,9742,1985516,126 8456292621,736
 Q 41,3411,5171,5104554,823 6844501911,325
 Year5,1166,9447,2371,80221,099 2,5852,0629405,586
            
2017Q 11,5231,9061,7677635,959 7604212791,461
 Q 21,4842,0901,9048016,279 6985312271,455
 Q 31,6702,0462,1661,0026,884 7614473021,510
 Q 41,5911,8991,6008715,961 9624182131,593
 Year6,2687,9417,4373,43725,083 3,1811,8171,0216,019
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q4 2017, 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
Western5805123851801,657 1699862329
           
Border21923316773692 604730138
           
Cavan253224283 715528
Donegal85555425219 238940
Leitrim797326 2013
Louth54394321157 143723
Monaghan35612014130 1120737
Sligo133719877 3126
           
Midland1381347738387 41181373
           
Laois3839265108 125522
Longford15175542 4519
Offaly452917899 125219
Westmeath40492920138 144523
           
West22314514169578 673219118
           
Galway City109122455 133116
Galway2132727322299 33101356
Mayo59424413158 1412430
Roscommon2222121066 77116
           
Southern and Eastern1,0111,3871,2156914,304 7933201511,264
           
Dublin1794105042961,389 37814250570
           
Dublin City63236218152669 1729828297
Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown465612983314 302942
Fingal49748838249 168265200
South Dublin21446923157 815831
           
Mid-East19320016580638 1525119222
           
Kildare46885147232 5314876
Meath91495316209 3717559
Wicklow56636117197 6220587
           
Mid-West13315512154463 602614101
           
Clare60504615171 286538
Limerick55645828205 2713849
North Tipperary1841171187 58113
           
South-East218233164114729 754033148
           
Carlow212620269 123520
Kilkenny49453028152 175729
South Tipperary32492118120 78216
Waterford36525340181 14131340
Wexford80614026207 2512542
           
South-West2883892611471,085 1286134224
           
Cork City1721392198 4026
Cork2199260145102706 1004721168
Kerry721087724281 24131149
           
State1,5911,8991,6008715,961 9624182131,593
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
2 Excluding cities
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 3(a) Number of Planning Permissions granted, Q4 2017, 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 Western58025101146121671871,092
          
Border21910406388383452
Midland1383235-34951272
West22312383313553368
         
Southern and Eastern1,011841886230213556472,398
          
Dublin1794931512558268589
Mid-East193133711955075393
Mid-West1335313234071288
South-East21854111437099451
South West28812762235137134677
          
State1,5911092897636335228343,490
         
Extension         
         
Border, Midland and Western2753216113615--385
         
Border10919123204--167
Midland5641385--77
West11093586--141
         
Southern and Eastern9998134255719--1,215
          
Dublin4452916176--504
Mid-East139924101--165
Mid-West87810286--121
South-East1251014474--164
South West2032579152--261
         
State1,27411350369334--1,600
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western7559291916--180
          
Border2730-493--73
Midland1711-343--38
West311822610--69
         
Southern and Eastern3931679236336--691
          
Dublin17870-62913--296
Mid-East39243464--80
Mid-West18201285--54
South-East6123271011--114
South West973034103--147
          
State46822611328252--871
         
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western9301161193461431671871,657
          
Border35559521332158383692
Midland21118241112114951387
West36439431017173553578
         
Southern and Eastern2,403332231110150763556474,304
          
Dublin8021484275824582681,389
Mid-East37146421925105075638
Mid-West2383342718144071463
South-East40438572221187099729
South West58867863528101371341,085
          
State3,3334483501442111195228345,961
- No permissions         
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q4 2017, 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        
Western16912691025267
        
Border60338321107
Midland411131-360
West67817611100
       
Southern and Eastern793120113413871,113
        
Dublin378101416183520
Mid-East1527237122203
Mid-West6091601186
South-East75226660115
South West1282441211189
        
State9621321825140131,380
       
Extension       
       
Border, Midland and        
Western2288137662
       
Border85675130
Midland51141213
West92121319
       
Southern and Eastern62241421255151
        
Dublin22110412250
Mid-East102052019
Mid-West63212114
South-East103775133
South West146554034
       
State843122343210213
        
Total New Construction       
and Extension       
       
Border, Midland and
Western190207623911329
        
Border678441062138
Midland4621351573
West761019824118
       
Southern and Eastern8551441276263121,264
        
Dublin400111420305570
Mid-East16392311142222
Mid-West661118132101
South-East8453313112148
South West1438491762224
        
State1,0461642048472231,593
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 4 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2009 - Q4 2017
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
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
 Q 38871,783330185.266962134138.9821821197239.6653613186.9
 Q 48041,905352184.5551,156166143.2749749186248.3691521385.3
 Year3,3356,6261,261190.32393,530503142.63,0963,096758244.82467856988.3
                  
2015Q 19772,514454180.6691,606232144.3908908222244.8826996897.2
 Q 29132,637475180.0921,816277152.5821821198241.0734734799.7
 Q 31,0362,345419178.6861,395189135.2950950230242.4853593289.2
 Q 49952,754481174.7821,841259140.5913913222243.5861,26311994.2
 Year3,92110,2501,829178.43296,658956143.63,5923,592873243.03262,79426695.2
                  
2016Q 11,0722,534445175.7941,556209134.2978978236241.8905575090.1
 Q 21,0902,340422180.31001,350188139.0990990234236.61078017188.0
 Q 31,2734,362703161.11443,233434134.21,1291,129269238.41261,45212687.0
 Q 41,2343,245559172.41012,112281133.31,1331,133278245.41021,08410496.4
 Year 4,66912,4812,129170.64398,2511,112134.74,2304,2301,018240.64253,89435290.3
                  
2017Q 11,3873,754650173.11142,481341137.61,2731,273308242.11268968393.1
 Q 21,3693,630611168.41212,382310130.01,2481,248302241.81078237084.8
 Q 3 1,5163,764631167.61342,382302126.81,3821,382329237.81469759091.9
 Q 41,4544,292719167.41322,970404135.91,3221,322315238.31312,64221581.5
 Year5,72615,4402,610169.150110,2151,357132.85,2255,2251,254239.95105,33645885.9
     
     
Table 5 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, 2017, 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 Western2,3262,2711,8327027,131 7314572721,459
           
Border9561,0208432833,102 281227140648
           
Cavan11813613417405 33343299
Donegal38226127778998 1013737175
Leitrim22554115133 56617
Louth18717019977633 743828140
Monaghan1532368649524 4310623172
Sligo9416210647409 2571345
           
Midland5126013841571,654 1689753317
           
Laois16417411429481 523516103
Longford81866127255 21111345
Offaly1171657929390 4829986
Westmeath15017613072528 47221584
           
West8586506052622,375 28213279494
           
Galway City38547172235 379854
Galway24783332861011,198 1395132222
Mayo24712717346593 795327160
Roscommon951367543349 28191159
           
Southern and Eastern3,9425,6705,6052,73517,952 2,4501,3617494,559
           
Dublin6461,5892,3231,2155,773 8485152141,578
           
Dublin City2248379825952,638 36023279671
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown1722435763721,363 1121141163
Fingal1583164171301,021 30718156544
South Dublin92193348118751 699238199
           
Mid-East8257227933402,680 65717698931
           
Kildare236251270149906 3116733411
Meath37026726296995 2136943325
Wicklow21920426195779 1334021195
           
Mid-West5427425842482,116 19616691453
           
Clare21725520765744 784436157
Limerick222306284139951 947343210
North Tipperary1031819344421 25501286
           
South-East8201,1898013723,182 292254151697
           
Carlow691187133291 46211683
Kilkenny20829716372740 704239152
South Tipperary11124312759540 28441688
Waterford138240213122713 384651135
Wexford29429122786898 11010128239
           
South-West1,1091,4281,1045604,201 456249196901
           
Cork City849915378414 4781368
Cork27669986783822,824 299184140623
Kerry259331273100963 1105743210
           
State6,2687,9417,4373,43725,083 3,1811,8171,0216,019
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
2 Excluding cities
- No permissions
Note: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 6 Number of Planning Permissions granted, 2017, 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 Western2,326924477732426948874,597
          
Border956352092915183253891,976
Midland51217104285102182191,113
West858401342012141512791,508
          
Southern and Eastern3,942285850207116911,5032,6189,612
          
Dublin646146106047152541,0572,235
Mid-East825371172331191843111,547
Mid-West54223168191392132971,284
South-East82035265479193634512,009
South West1,109442905816294895022,537
          
State6,2683771,2972841481332,1973,50514,209
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western1,368120565516667--1,832
          
Border6096136268328--843
Midland2732910163224--384
West4863010135115--605
          
Southern and Eastern4,634328142123262116--5,605
          
Dublin2,0721231257329--2,323
Mid-East6654411164314--793
Mid-West4273939174022--584
South-East5975253254430--801
South West8737038406221--1,104
          
State6,002448198178428183--7,437
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western2822378328855--702
          
Border1101052143517--283
Midland5950192612--157
West11382592726--262
          
Southern and Eastern1,6016983178204123--2,735
          
Dublin782285-188842--1,215
Mid-East180967123015--340
Mid-West91958112320--248
South-East189985183527--372
South West35912411192819--560
          
State1,88393539110292178--3,437
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western3,9764495111642861646948877,131
          
Border1,67520124769133633253893,102
Midland844961155363462182191,654
West1,4571521494290551512792,375
         
Southern and Eastern10,1771,3111,0234085823301,5032,61817,952
          
Dublin3,50055411103208862541,0575,773
Mid-East1,67017713551104481843112,680
Mid-West1,0601572154776512132972,116
South-East1,6061853239088763634513,182
South West2,341238339117106694895024,201
          
State14,1531,7601,5345728684942,1973,50525,083
- No permissions
Table 7 Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, 2017, 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 Western731742724138321,188
        
Border2813316310156508
Midland1689591695265
West2823251151520415
        
Southern and Eastern2,450416547185165463,810
        
Dublin848325198076151,363
Mid-East6571581125611833
Mid-West196259324185362
South-East292191913267547
South West456331643787705
        
State3,181490820226204784,998
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western 1033224484717272
        
Border43201724296140
Midland2453116453
West36741312679
        
Southern and Eastern2691195217511222749
        
Dublin9661013386214
Mid-East451131423298
Mid-West317131817591
South-East39192050166151
South West58221680183196
        
State37215176223159391,021
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
        
Border, Midland and Western8341062978985481,459
        
Border32453180344412648
Midland1911462271410317
West3183955282726494
        
Southern and Eastern2,719535599361277694,559
        
Dublin9443851993115221,578
Mid-East7022684267914931
Mid-West22831106433510453
South-East33137211822214697
South West513551801172610901
        
State3,5536418964503621176,019
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
- No permissions
Note: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m

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 StatBank on the CSO website. 

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     Kerry
  Roscommon      
      South-East Carlow
        Kilkenny
        South Tipperary
        Waterford
        Wexford
         
      Mid -West Clare
        Limerick
        North Tipperary

Comparison with other national series

There are differences (due to coverage, timing, definitions and other factors) between the planning permissions statistics produced by the CSO and those of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG), resulting in different but complementary sets of data aimed at meeting the needs of different users.

The planning permissions statistics produced by the DHPCLG focus on the overall process of the planning permissions system.  For example, it provides data for each planning authority on invalid applications received, applications for outline and full permission, decisions to grant /refuse permission, decisions issued within the statutory eight week period, decisions deferred. Percentages for decisions are provided.

By contrast, the planning permissions statistics published by the CSO provide a detailed breakdown of certain outputs of the planning process (number of  planning permissions granted with the number of units, functional description, and their floor areas).  Only final grants of permission for works which involve construction are covered. Refusals, retentions and outline permissions, for example, are excluded.  See under the heading Coverage above for a full list of exclusions.

The example of an application for a shopping centre with a car park illustrates how different approaches can result in a different total for the number of planning permissions granted. The CSO statistics include a breakdown into types of planning permission received and would therefore treat the case as an application for two permissions, one for a shopping centre and one for a car park. Where the statistics compiled do not involve such a breakdown, as is the case with the DHPCLG, the application would be treated as one for a single permission.

The purpose of the CSO Planning Permissions Statistics is to provide a short-term indicator on construction.  It aims to provide data enabling some prediction of or insight into the amount of building activity about to take place in the State. 

 

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