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Planning Permissions

Quarter 1 2018

Number of Dwelling Units
Houses Apartments Totals
Quarter 1 20185,9172,4888,405
Quarter 1 20173,7548964,650
% change57.6%177.7%80.8%

Dwelling units approved up 80.8% in year

Figure 1 Number of Dwelling Units approved classified by type of unit, Q22016 - Q12018
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In the first quarter of 2018, planning permissions were granted for 8,405 dwelling units, compared with 4,650 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 80.8%.

This quarter saw the first permissions granted by An Bord Pleanala through Strategic Housing Development Applications, which accounted for 62% of the quarterly increase in Dwelling Units (See Background Notes).

 The first quarter figures also show that:

  • Planning permissions were granted for 5,917 houses in the first quarter of 2018 and 3,754 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 57.6.%. See Table 4
  • Planning permissions were granted for 2,488 apartment units, compared with 896 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 177.7%. See Table 4
  • One-off houses accounted for 16.5% 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 6,036. This compares with 5,959 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.3%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 2,038 thousand square metres in the first quarter of 2018. Of this, 61% was for new dwellings, 28.2% for other new constructions and 10.8% for extensions.  The total floor area planned increased by 39.5% in comparison with the same quarter in 2017. See Table 1.
  • Planning permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 276 this quarter. This compares to 281 permissions in the same quarter of 2017. See Table 3(a).