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Planning Permissions

Quarter 4 2016

 Number of Dwelling Units
 Houses Apartments Totals
Quarter 4 20152,7541,2634,017
Quarter 4 20163,2451,0844,329
% change17.8%-14.2%7.8%

Dwelling units approved up 7.8% in year

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In the fourth quarter of 2016, planning permissions were granted for 4,329 dwelling units, compared with 4,017 units for the same period in 2015, an increase of 7.8%.

 

 The fourth quarter figures also show that:

  •  Planning Permissions were granted for 3,245 houses in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2,754 in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 17.8%. 
  •  Planning permissions were granted for 1,084 apartment units, compared with 1,263 units for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 14.2%. 
  •  One-off houses accounted for 26.2% 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 4,823. This compares with 4,470 in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 7.9%. See Table 1.
  •  Total floor area planned was 1,325 thousand square metres in the fourth quarter of 2016. Of this, 51.6% was for new dwellings, 34.0% for other new constructions and 14.4% for extensions.  The total floor area planned decreased by 9.7% in comparison with the same quarter in 2015. See Table 1.
  •  Planning Permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 308 this quarter. This compares to 420 permissions in the same quarter of 2015. See Table 3(a).

Annualised Planning Permission data for 2016 is available in Tables 5, 6 & 7.

X-axis labelPlanning Permissions CivilPlanning Permissions Non-Res Planning Permissions Dwellings
201282137948569
201380634408204
2014123234989072
2015151940859845
20161913514311497
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%
 Q34,36286%3,233132%1,12919%1,452305% 5,814115%
 Q43,24518%2,11215%1,13324%1,084-14% 4,3298%
Year12,48122%8,25124%4,23018%3,89439% 16,37526%
             
Note: Percentages are rounded for tabular purposes        
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q1 2008 - Q4 2016
            
  Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m )
  New ConstructionExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  New ConstructionExtensionTotal1
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
 Q 31,4031,9742,1985516,126 8456292621,736
 Q 41,3411,5171,5104554,823 6844501911,325
 Year5,1166,9447,2371,80221,099 2,5852,0629405,586
            
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure     
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q4 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          
4754843901011,450 12810557290
           
Border19020717934610 495425128
           
Cavan202221-63 54313
Donegal7161587197 1918643
Leitrim12169239 3519
Louth43434412142 108624
Monaghan334316496 919230
Sligo112231973 3159
           
Midland1111147421320 30181362
           
Laois3639245104 93518
Longford152015252 43512
Offaly213619884 58316
Westmeath391916680 114116
           
West17416313746520 483220100
           
Galway City1115141555 64212
Galway285957318271 22101143
Mayo6023309122 166425
Roscommon183020472 512320
           
Southern and Eastern8661,0331,1203543,373 5563461341,035
           
Dublin1352624401661,003 23011442386
           
Dublin City4714514684422 893117137
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown243411137206 2220748
Fingal50529620218 9258105
South Dublin14318725157 28581096
           
Mid-East21214014739538 1137821212
           
Kildare69465817190 205529
Meath99524613210 516412126
Wicklow4442439138 4210556
           
Mid-West9514512438402 384918106
           
Clare3241386117 79522
Limerick 54777126228 29381178
North Tipperary92715657 2227
           
South-East17121016548594 564825129
           
Carlow151312747 45211
Kilkenny45674412168 1714840
South Tipperary1653314104 415523
Waterford36444513138 94721
Wexford59333312137 219333
           
South-West25327624463836 1195627202
           
Cork City1420341886 4127
Cork218921115236588 1014719166
Kerry5045589162 149729
           
State1,3411,5171,5104554,823 6844501911,325
           
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, Q4 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 Western4751913918104118176959
          
Border1907618615371397
Midland1114273113246225
West1748517323359337
          
Southern and Eastern866351694824222554801,899
          
Dublin135132137440183397
Mid-East21242010442672352
Mid-West956358173850240
South-East17155211716173381
South West25376065690102529
          
State1,341543086634263736562,858
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western2832719173410--390
          
Border1381236182--179
Midland5725532--74
West8813116136--137
          
Southern and Eastern9216138345313--1,120
          
Dublin39722-2172--440
Mid-East120753111--147
Mid-West9759652--124
South-East11913121083--165
South West188141213125--244
          
State1,2048857518723--1,510
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western3437110136--101
          
Border14101522--34
Midland612-21---21
West1415-3104--46
          
Southern and Eastern1561259113617--354
          
Dublin8357-3176--166
Mid-East12154251--39
Mid-West1514-261--38
South-East15185244--48
South West3121-245--63
          
State19016210214923--455
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western792831594557201181761,450
          
Border3422965192655371610
Midland174183210533246320
West27636621626123359520
          
Southern and Eastern1,94322121693113522554803,373
          
Dublin615922184112401831,003
Mid-East3442629152062672538
Mid-West20725441612103850402
South-East3053669231986173594
South West472427221211690102836
          
State2,735304375138170723736564,823
          
- No permissions
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q4 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 Western12814639163233
        
Border492371130104
Midland3051120149
West4871563281
        
Southern and Eastern55691941133513902
        
Dublin23042253153344
Mid-East1131175262191
Mid-West38221840688
South-East566284110104
South West1192030142175
        
State68410515612251161,134
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western 2275147157
        
Border112155025
Midland50251013
West75241120
        
Southern and Eastern54271121192134
        
Dublin1815-17142
Mid-East95133021
Mid-West71361018
South-East83454025
South West123354127
        
State77341635263191
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
        
Border, Midland and Western150216823244290
        
        
Border604386191128
Midland3551371162
West5512171043100
        
Southern and Eastern61011810413454151,035
        
Dublin24858254214386
Mid-East1226185692212
Mid-West4523211016106
South-East649319150129
South West1312333682202
        
State76113917215778191,325
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 2009- Q4 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)
  
  
                 
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
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
                  
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
 Q 31,2734,362703161.11443,233434134.21,1291,129269238.41261,45212687.0
 Q 41,2343,245559172.41012,112281133.31,1331,133278245.41021,08410496.4
 Year 4,66912,4812,129170.64398,2511,112134.74,2304,2301,018240.64253,89435290.3
                  
                  
Table 5 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, 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 Western1,6932,0231,7994265,941 5604722801,313
           
Border6909188141862,608 215266128609
           
Cavan861401198353 23372888
Donegal24624129044821 665239157
Leitrim2463369132 611420
Louth13513817755505 643225121
Monaghan1202237630449 3112417172
Sligo7911311640348 24111551
           
Midland389496348761,309 1239160274
           
Laois12615910125411 46301792
Longford591045612231 15151141
Offaly811337517306 23271969
Westmeath12310011622361 40191472
           
West6146096371642,024 22211692430
           
Galway City44409060234 4551464
Galway227832927354934 806041181
Mayo2249418736541 712126118
Roscommon681468714315 25301266
           
Southern and Eastern3,4234,9215,4381,37615,158 2,0251,5906594,274
           
Dublin6551,1342,1496504,588 8685581981,624
           
Dublin City2636318283732,095 37219387652
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown147157558126988 14513236313
Fingal18523042570910 2709549414
South Dublin6011633881595 8113826246
           
Mid-East7025517361592,148 41322896737
           
Kildare21418725744702 1156227204
Meath32520726167860 19212150363
Wicklow16315721848586 1074419170
           
Mid-West4257355981381,896 149164102415
           
Clare17723522026658 603825123
Limerick17230827084834 659854218
North Tipperary7619210828404 24292275
           
South-East6771,1928091922,870 214272116602
           
Carlow60897423246 15161445
Kilkenny15838018540763 468225152
South Tipperary7322711226438 17571790
Waterford13624021951646 415338131
Wexford25025621952777 956423183
           
South-West9641,3091,1462373,656 381367147895
           
Cork City798115862380 4591266
Cork26919697411532,554 281305106692
Kerry19425924722722 555329138
           
State5,1166,9447,2371,80221,099 2,5852,0629405,586
           
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure      
2 Excluding cities          
- No permissions         
Note: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m        
Table 6 Number of Planning Permissions granted, 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 Western1,693616815633205656073,716
          
Border69024303301882712641,608
Midland389141431254170148885
West61423235141081241951,223
          
Southern and Eastern3,4232321,06017189821,3481,9398,344
          
Dublin655119125229161607461,789
Mid-East70225971918141222561,253
Mid-West42516234235172152251,160
South-East677373464016203933401,869
South West964353713721154583722,273
          
State5,1162931,7412271221021,9132,54612,060
          
Extension         
          
Border, Midland and Western1,3081061115516950--1,799
          
Border6015756275518--814
Midland2671315123110--348
West4403640168322--637
          
Southern and Eastern4,46928220413027578--5,438
          
Dublin1,9201142168116--2,149
Mid-East6083616124915--736
Mid-West4432946244214--598
South-East5974477314713--809
South West9015963475620--1,146
          
State5,777388315185444128--7,237
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Border, Midland and Western1051868276733--426
          
Border38874112917--186
Midland173536114--76
West50641102712--164
          
Southern and Eastern499566205715282--1,376
          
Dublin267267-236528--650
Mid-East4465672116--159
Mid-West455729178--138
South-East42951072315--192
South West101822112615--237
          
State6047522884219115--1,802
          
All Developments         
          
Border, Midland and Western3,1063538001382691035656075,941
          
Border1,32916836368102432712642,608
Midland673621613047181701481,309
West1,10412327640120421241952,024
          
Southern and Eastern8,3911,0801,2843585162421,3481,93915,158
          
Dublin2,8425001491175601607464,588
Mid-East1,3541261193888451222562,148
Mid-West9131022825664392152251,896
South-East1,3161764337886483933402,870
South West1,96617643695103504583723,656
          
State11,4971,4332,0844967853451,9132,54621,099
          
- No permissions
Table 7 Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, 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 Western560393354443111,032
        
Border2151019628302481
Midland1231265923214
West22216748126338
        
Southern and Eastern2,025550595226165533,614
        
Dublin868388121025061,426
Mid-East4133576653219641
Mid-West149341031459313
South-East2141918832267486
South West38173217135311748
        
State2,585589931270209644,647
        
Extension       
        
Border, Midland and Western 954135435710280
        
Border42232022193128
Midland22361313460
West32159825392
        
Southern and Eastern26297808512115659
        
Dublin914764445198
Mid-East42109725396
Mid-West32161422172102
South-East39102325181116
South West58142727174147
        
State35813811512717825940
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
 6558037086100211,313
Border, Midland and Western       
        
Border2573321649494609
Midland145157121157274
West2543283163610430
        
Southern and Eastern2,287646675310287684,274
        
Dublin9594351810794111,624
Mid-East4554585725722737
Mid-West18149117362111415
South-East2532921156449602
South West43987244407015895
        
State2,9427261,045397387895,586
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure    
- No permissions    
Note: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m    

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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