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Planning Permissions

Quarter 1 2013

 Number of Dwelling Units
 Houses Apartments Totals
    
Quarter 4 20121,4204311,851
Quarter 1 20131,8604482,308
% change31.0%3.9%24.7%

Dwelling units approved up 24.7% in Q1 2013

Planning Permissions
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In the first quarter of 2013, planning permissions were granted for 2,308 dwelling units, compared with 1,851 units for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 24.7%
The first quarter figures also show that:
 
  • Planning Permissions were granted for 1,860 houses in the first quarter of 2013 and 1,420 in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 31.0%. See Table 4.
  • Planning permissions were granted for 448 apartment units, compared with 431 units for the previous quarter, an increase of 3.9%. See Table 4.
  • One-off houses accounted for 33.5% 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 3,275. This compares with 3,320 in the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of 1.4%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 930 thousand square metres in the first quarter of 2013. Of this, 42.4% was for new dwellings, 39.4% for other new constructions and 18.2% for extensions. The total floor area planned increased by 21.9% in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2012. See Table 1.
  • Planning Permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 157 this quarter. This compares to 185 permissions in the previous quarter. See Table 3(a).
  
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted, Q1 2004 - Q1 2013
            
  Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m )1
  New ConstructionExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  New ConstructionExtensionTotal
Period DwellingsOther DwellingsOther
            
2004Q 16,8871,5452,82058711,839 3,1569403644,461
 Q 27,5631,6603,51165213,386 3,3441,1563984,898
 Q 37,1001,8994,07673113,806 3,1721,0074674,646
 Q 45,9621,6133,06160511,241 3,1231,1554364,714
 Year27,5126,71713,4682,57550,272 12,7954,2581,66518,719
            
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
            
2013Q18627851,2963323,275 394366169930
            
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure   
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q1 2013, 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          
347241375861049 9015442285
           
Border17812419044536 483822108
           
Cavan8920441 26311
Donegal104478022253 288641
Leitrim7911128 2619
Louth192137986 42613
Monaghan292117269 914427
Sligo111725659 3227
           
Midland42535813166 101037121
           
Laois111319144 211115
Longford539421 1012
Offaly121315343 388394
Westmeath142415558 34210
           
West1276412729347 32131257
           
Galway City1014221056 3114
Galway258224511136 143422
Mayo4717384106 117524
Roscommon121122449 3126
           
Southern and Eastern5155449212462226 305213127645
           
Dublin77114348101640 1106722199
           
Dublin City195313056258 1732756
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown13-1112126 2-69
Fingal39487229188 87348129
South Dublin613351468 4016
           
Mid-East746512022281 37111260
           
Kildare241732679 242330
Meath3423489114 83517
Wicklow162540788 46414
           
Mid-West75889533291 195039107
           
Clare291823777 812735
Limerick City-64818 -000
Limerick232464716141 738853
North Tipperary141821255 411419
           
South-East11213116947459 922621139
           
Carlow579122 1315
Kilkenny2839368111 626573
South Tipperary132631575 35412
Waterford City157821 0011
Waterford2152728575 122519
Wexford50275820155 1310629
           
South-West17714618943555 485933140
           
Cork City721221262 2327
Cork21198111717334 315025106
Kerry51445014159 156627
           
State86278512963323275 394366169930
           
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, Q1 2013, 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 Western34711641810194475588
          
Border17863610482337302
Midland42-17225121595
West127511646923191
          
Southern and Eastern51529932427231442041,059
          
Dublin771324732659191
Mid-East7428-631927139
Mid-West751279461724163
South-East1122292354446243
South West17711279763848323
          
State862401574237421882791,647
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western290251083210--375
          
Border1471243195--190
Midland4335151--58
West100101484--127
          
Southern and Eastern7213629168732--921
          
Dublin30713-2215--348
Mid-East922-3185--120
Mid-West64511285--95
South-East11761332010--169
South West1411056207--189
          
State1,01161392411942--1,296
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western1446-8108--86
          
Border428-543--44
Midland16-222--13
West912-143--29
          
Southern and Eastern69104293230--246
          
Dublin4231-21511--101
Mid-East99--31--22
Mid-West315-357--33
South-East429-266--47
South West11202235--43
          
State831502174238--332
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western651827434523744751,049
          
Border32946401827162337536
Midland869225981215166
West2362712111613923347
          
Southern and Eastern1,30516912449146851442042,226
          
Dublin426572843192659640
Mid-East17513832791927281
Mid-West14221381417181724291
South-East2333742729214446459
South West32941341730183848555
          
State1,956251198831981221882793,275
          
- No permissions         
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q1 2013, 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 Western       
9053691157243
        
Border4832544286
Midland10-884102113
West322331345
        
Southern and Eastern3055271305010518
        
Dublin1104213173177
Mid-East3714-5148
Mid-West19026913168
South-East92216052118
South West4862317103107
        
State394571071216517761
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western        
214718142
        
Border111306122
Midland3030007
West73101012
        
Southern and Eastern4061216504127
        
Dublin132-05222
Mid-East60-15012
Mid-West515028039
South-East70635121
South West922118133
        
State61101917576169
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
        
Border, Midland and Western
11194392228285
        
Border584284102108
Midland1301184102121
West395432457
        
Southern and Eastern34557834610014645
        
Dublin1234414225199
Mid-East4314110160
Mid-West2413110401107
South-East992223103139
South West5792528184140
        
State4556612613712222930
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 2008- Q1 2013
  
 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)
  
  
                 
2008Q 14,44813,3012,191164.74369,2891,221131.44,0124,012970241.73175,28144283.8
 Q 24,39312,5982,238177.74298,6341,259145.83,9643,964979247.03177,34463286.0
 Q 33,98011,5321,913165.93647,9161,012127.83,6163,616901249.12593,76133187.9
 Q 43,47610,3751,717165.53147,213918127.33,1623,162799252.62463,39228583.9
 Year16,29747,8068,059168.61,54333,0524,410133.414,75414,7543,649247.31,13919,7781,69085.4
                  
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
                  
2013Q18181,860345185.7451,087155142.6773773190246.24044846102.1
                  

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

NUTS2 Region

 
         
Border Cavan

 

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

 

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