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Planning Permissions

Quarter 2 2016

 Number of Dwelling Units
 Houses Apartments Totals
Quarter 2 20152,6374733,110
Quarter 2 20162,3408013,141
% change-11.3%69.3%1.0%

Dwelling units approved up 1.0% in year

Number of Dwelling Units approved classified by type of unit, Q42014 - Q22016
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In the second quarter of 2016, planning permissions were granted for 3,141 dwelling units, compared with 3,110 units for the same period in 2015, an increase of 1.0%.
 
 
The second quarter figures also show that:
  •  Planning Permissions were granted for 2,340 houses in the second quarter of 2016 and 2,637 in the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 11.3%. 
  •  Planning permissions were granted for 801 apartment units, compared with 473 units for the same period in 2015, an increase of 69.3%. 
  •  One-off houses accounted for 31.5% 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 5,236. This compares with 4,047 in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 29.4%. See Table 1.
  •  Total floor area planned was 1,245 thousand square metres in the second quarter of 2016. Of this, 44.5% was for new dwellings, 36.9% for other new constructions and 18.6% for extensions.  The total floor area planned increased by 16.9% in comparison with the same quarter in 2015. See Table 1.
  •  Planning Permissions for new buildings for Agriculture increased to 510 this quarter. This compares to 196 permissions in the same quarter of 2015. See Table 3(a).

 

 

X-axis labelPlanning Permissions CivilPlanning Permissions Non-Res Planning Permissions Dwellings
2011689365510586
201282137948569
201380634408204
2014123234989072
2015151940859845
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
             
2014Q11,446-22%672-38%7740%158-65% 1,604-31%
 Q21,492-0%740-9%75210%114-73% 1,606-17%
 Q31,78342%962122%8210%361130% 2,14452%
 Q41,90537%1,15653%74917%152-6% 2,05732%
 Year6,62610%3,53014%3,0966%785-34% 7,4113%
             
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%
             
Note: Percentages are rounded for tabular purposes        
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q1 2008 - Q2 2016
            
  Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m )1
  New ConstructionExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  New ConstructionExtensionTotal
Period DwellingsOther DwellingsOther
            
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
            
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
                       
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure     
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2016, 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          
380486462951,423 14011457311
           
Border16021120043614 535824136
           
Cavan173318270 57314
Donegal5545809189 138930
Leitrim687122 2103
Louth40364410130 2314340
Monaghan2858188112 827540
Sligo1431331391 3248
           
Midland751139219299 24221258
           
Laois223226787 105217
Longford171915556 4227
Offaly213013468 611321
Westmeath153238388 45513
           
West14516217033510 633320117
           
Galway City107241152 190221
Galway26084636213 1620743
Mayo57396212170 248942
Roscommon183221475 44211
           
Southern and Eastern8231,2721,3873313,813 414346174934
           
Dublin1832885661701,207 1508360293
           
Dublin City78168217101564 802028129
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown404715527269 2021233
Fingal475510425231 45261485
South Dublin18189017143 535646
           
Mid-East15112918935504 736219154
           
Kildare5849717185 18111039
Meath58465816178 3929673
Wicklow35346012141 1722442
           
Mid-West11520517334527 31392696
           
Clare5776628203 159429
Limerick 39887419220 11211851
North Tipperary1941377104 49417
           
South-East17232722048767 727725173
           
Carlow223216575 67315
Kilkenny441115012217 1119636
South Tipperary155219793 315220
Waterford30586414166 1013932
Wexford61747110216 4223671
           
South-West20232323944808 878645218
           
Cork City1812341377 230326
Cork213123515130547 536931152
Kerry5376541184 12171040
           
State1,2031,7581,8494265,236 5544602311,245
           
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure       
2 Excluding cities        
 - No permissions        
Note: 0 implies less than 500sq m        
Table 3(a) Number of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2016, 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 Western38016198867128123866
          
Border1606833245360371
Midland7524022-4225188
West1458753233338307
          
Southern and Eastern823623123719133434862,095
          
Dublin183302147334198471
Mid-East1516215413161280
Mid-West1156771126256320
South-East172111059359995499
South West202910784211776525
          
State1,203785104525204716092,961
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western349242894210--462
          
Border15515125103--200
Midland67531106--92
West1274133221--170
          
Southern and Eastern1,1456754346522--1,387
          
Dublin51226-4213--566
Mid-East1531254123--189
Mid-West1256117177--173
South-East176823652--220
South West179151513107--239
          
State1,49491824310732--1,849
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western184925165--95
          
Border4261282--43
Midland3101221--19
West1113-162--33
          
Southern and Eastern1091465173222--331
          
Dublin6771-7169--170
Mid-East8181134--35
Mid-West1413-241--34
South-East11243244--48
South West9201554--44
          
State1271957224827--426
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western747892282264221281231,423
          
Border3194796102095360614
Midland145174451474225299
West283258873063338510
          
Southern and Eastern2,07727537188116573434863,813
          
Dublin7621272254415341981,207
Mid-East3123627101983161504
Mid-West25425881022106256527
South-East359431311712119995767
South West3904412326191311776808
          
State2,824364599110180794716095,236
          
- No permissions
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q2 2016, 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 Western1409841254254
        
Border53347701112
Midland2421541-46
West6342213397
        
Southern and Eastern4149016439494760
        
Dublin15037119241233
Mid-East73231511130135
Mid-West3143301070
South-East72560552149
South West872055470173
        
State55499248515481,014
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western 265869357
        
Border112442024
Midland51102312
West101314020
        
Southern and Eastern69282516315174
        
Dublin2718-113160
Mid-East103302119
Mid-West91557026
South-East122721025
South West1251087345
        
State95333323398231
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
        
Border, Midland and Western166149218137311
        
        
Border646511121136
Midland2931653358
West73526283117
        
Southern and Eastern48311818955809934
        
Dublin17855120382293
Mid-East83251811151154
Mid-West4053857196
South-East84867762173
South West99256512143218
        
State6491322817393161,245
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure     
 - No Permission     
Note: 0 implies less than 500sq m     
Table 4 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2011 - Q2 2016
  
 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)
  
  
                 
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
                  
                  

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

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