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Planning Permissions Quarter 1 2022

Number of dwelling units approved up 21.5% in year to Quarter 1 2022

Online ISSN: 2009-5279
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Key Findings

  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all dwelling units was 8,463, compared with 6,963 in the first quarter of 2021, an annual increase of 21.5%.

  • Housing units accounted for 55% of all dwelling units approved, while apartments accounted for 45%.

  • For the first time since Q2 2019, more houses than apartments were granted planning permission.

  • Planning permission was granted for 1,824 apartments in Dublin county in Q1 2022, accounting for more than 48% of total apartment units granted approval in the state.

  • The number of one-off houses granted permission was 2,081, this is the highest figure since Q3 2009.

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (10 June 2022) released Planning Permissions Quarter 1 2022.

Commenting on the release, Sorcha O'Callaghan, Statistician in the Business Statistics Division, said: "The number of dwelling units granted planning permission in January, February and March of 2022, or Q1, was 8,463, of which 4,687 were houses and 3,776 were apartments. The number of houses approved increased by 51.7% in the year since the first quarter of 2021, compared with an annual decrease of 2.5% in apartment units, resulting in a total annual increase of 21.5% in dwelling units approved.

For the first time since Q2 2019, more houses than apartments were granted planning permission. The number of one-off houses granted permission was 2,081, this is the highest figure since Q3 2009 and represents an annual increase of 25.3%.

Planning permission was granted for 1,824 apartments in Dublin county in Q1 2022, accounting for more than 48% of total apartment units granted approval in the state. The Border Region (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo) had the lowest number of apartment units granted permission at 41."

Graphs and Tables

In the first quarter of 2022, the number of dwelling units granted planning permission was 8,463, of which 4,687 were houses and 3,776 were apartments. Compared with quarter 1 of 2021, there was an increase of 51.7% in houses granted permission, while apartments decreased by 2.5%. See Headline Table.

Dwelling units granted planning permission in Quarter 1 of 2021 and 2022
 HousesApartmentsTotal
Quarter 1 20213,0893,8746,963
Quarter 1 20224,6873,7768,463
Annual % change51.7%-2.5%21.5%

In quarter 1 of 2022, 2,606 multi-development houses and 2,081 one-off houses were granted planning permission. There were 3,776 apartments granted planning permission during the same period. See Figure 1 and Table 5a.

Figure 1: Dwelling units granted planning permission by type, Q1 2020 - Q1 2022

More houses than apartments were granted planning permission for the first time since quarter 2 of 2019. In the first quarter of 2022, planning permission was granted for 4,687 houses, accounting for 55.4% of all approvals granted for total dwelling units. See Figure 2 and Table 1a & Table 5a.

Figure 2: Dwelling units granted planning permission, Q1 2006 - Q1 2022

A total of 7,742 planning permissions were granted for all developments in the current quarter. Of these permissions, 2,430 were for new construction dwellings, 2,066 for other constructions, 1,981 for extensions and 1,265 for alterations and conversions. See Figure 3a and Table 2.

The 2,430 new construction dwelling permissions consisted of 2,081 approvals for one-off houses, 200 for apartments, 132 for multi-development houses and 17 for communal dwellings. See Figure 3b and Tables 5a & 5b.

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Status
New
construction
dwellings
2430
New
construction
other
2066
Extensions1981
Alterations and
conversions
1265
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Status
Multi-development houses132
One-off houses2081
Apartments200
Communal
dwellings
17

There were 7,742 planning permissions granted for all developments in the first quarter of 2022. This compares with 7,511 permissions in the same period of 2021, an annual increase of 3.1%. There were annual increases of 23.8% in planning permissions granted for new construction dwellings and 1.7% for other constructions. During the same period there were decreases in approvals for extensions (-9.6%) and alterations and conversions (-4.5%). See Figure 3c and Table 2.

Figure 3c: Planning permissions granted by type of construction, Q1 2020 - Q1 2022

Planning permission was granted for 3,776 new apartments in the first quarter of 2022.

The region with the highest proportion of apartment units granted approval at 48.3% was Dublin with 1,824 apartments, followed by the Mid-East (24.6%) with 929 approvals and the South-West (9.2%) with 349 approvals. The Eastern and Midland Region (made up of Dublin, Mid-East and Midland regions) accounted for 2,842 apartment units, 75.3% of all new apartment units granted planning. The Southern Region (made up of Mid-West, South East and South West regions) accounted for 20.9% of apartments granted planning compared with 3.8% for the Northern and Western Region (Border and West). See Figure 4a and Table 6.

There were 4,687 housing units granted planning permission in the current quarter. The county with highest proportion of houses granted planning was Cork at 14.6% with 683 houses, followed by Kilkenny (6.4%) with 300 houses and Limerick at 6.2%, with 292 houses. Leitrim with 18 houses granted planning accounted for the lowest proportion. See Figure 4b and Table 8.

Dwelling units granted by type of application - SHD and non-SHD applications

The Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process 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.

In the current quarter, the number of SHD apartment units approved fell by 25.1% when compared with quarter 1 of 2021, while the number of SHD housing units approved rose by 281%. SHD apartment units accounted for 55.1% of all apartment units granted planning permission, with standard applications accounting for the remaining 44.9%. In the same period, 2,606 multi-development housing units were granted planning permission, of which 556 (21.3%) were Strategic Housing Development applications and 2,050 (78.7%) were standard applications. See Figure 5 and Table 7.

X-axis labelNon-Strategic Housing Development unitsStrategic Housing Development units
2021 Q1 - Apartment units11002774
2021 Q1 - Multi-development house units1282146
2021 Q2 - Apartment units26854579
2021 Q2 - Multi-development house units1565535
2021 Q3 - Apartment units19055122
2021 Q3 - Multi-development house units1785598
2021 Q4 - Apartment units14496658
2021 Q4 - Multi-development house units22851024
2022 Q1 - Apartment units16972079
2022 Q1 - Multi-development house units2050556
Table 1a Summary of new dwelling units granted planning permission, Q1 2018 - Q1 2022

Table 1b Year to date aggregates of new dwelling units granted planning permission, Q1 2018 - Q1 2022

Table 2 Summary of planning permissions granted, Q1 2013 - Q1 2022

Table 3 Summary of planning permissions granted, Q1 2022, classified by region, county and type of development

Table 4(a) Planning permissions granted, Q1 2022, classified by region, type of development and functional category

Table 4(b) Total floor area planned (000 square metres) in new construction and extensions, Q1 2022, classified by region and functional category

Table 5a Summary of planning permissions granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2013 - Q1 2022

Table 5b Summary of planning permissions granted for new houses, apartments and communal dwellings, Q1 2013 - Q1 2022

Table 6 Apartment units granted planning permission by region, Q1 2020 - Q1 2022

Table 7 Apartment, multi-development and one-off house units granted planning permission by type of application, Q1 2018 - Q1 2022

Table 8 Dwelling units granted planning permission by county, Q1 2022