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Press Statement

Preasr√°iteas

15 March 2019

Planning Permissions Quarter 4 2018

In 2018, planning permissions were granted for 29,243 dwelling units, up 41% on 2017
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 26,584, up 6% on 2017
  • Planning permissions were granted for 20,019 houses in 2018, a 30% increase on the previous year, the highest number seen since 2009

Go to release: Planning Permissions Quarter 4 2018

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (15 March 2019) published data in relation to planning permissions for Quarter 4 2018.

Commenting on the data, Statistician Paul Murphy said: “Planning permissions were granted for 20,019 houses in 2018, compared with 15,440 in 2017, an increase of 30%. 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 9,224 apartment units, compared with 5,336 units in 2017, an increase of 73%. The number of multi-development houses granted permission was 14,538, compared with 10,215 in 2017, an increase of 42%.

The first permissions granted through Strategic Housing Development (SHD) planning applications were in 2018. This is where applications for developments of at least 100 residential units or 200 plus student bed spaces can be made directly to An Bord Pleanála. Permissions were granted for 3,284 new houses and 3,818 new apartment units via SHD applications in 2018.

The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 26,584 compared with 25,083 in 2017, an increase of 6%. Of this, 26% of permissions were for new dwellings, 30% for other new constructions and 44% for extensions, alterations and conversions." 

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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