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Press Statement

Preasr√°iteas

16 March 2018

Planning Permissions Q4 2017

In 2017, planning permissions were granted for 20,776 dwelling units, up 27% on 2016
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 25,083 up 19% on 2016
  • Planning permissions were granted for 15,440 houses in 2017, a 24% increase on the previous year, the highest number seen since 2009
  • Total floor area planned was just over 6 million square metres in 2017
  • Go to release: Planning Permissions Quarter 4 2017

    The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (16 March 2018) published data in relation to planning permissions for Quarter 4, 2017.

    Commenting on the data, Statistician Paul Murphy said: “Planning permissions were granted for 15,440 houses in 2017, compared with 12,481 in 2016, an increase of 24%. The number has increased every year since a low of 5,389 houses in 2012 but is significantly lower than the peak of 75,650 in 2005.

    Planning permissions were granted for 5,336 apartment units, compared with 3,894 units in 2016, an increase of 37%. 

    The number of multi-development houses granted permission was 10,215, compared with 8,251 in 2016, an increase of 24%.

    One-off houses accounted for a quarter of all new dwelling units granted planning permission in 2017. 

    The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 25,083 compared with 21,099 in 2016, an increase of 19%.  Total floor area planned was 6.02 million square metres in 2017. Of this, 53% was for new dwellings, 30% for other new constructions and 17% for extensions. The total floor area planned increased by 8% in comparison with 2016.

    Planning permissions for new buildings for agriculture decreased to 1,297 this year from 1,741 permissions in 2016, a decrease of 26%”.

    For further information contact:

    Paul Murphy (+353) 21 453 5201 or Alan Finlay (+353) 21 453 5211

    or email business_stats@cso.ie

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