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Planning Permissions

Quarter 3 2018

Number of Dwelling Units
Houses Apartments Totals
Quarter 3 20184,8793,1398,018
Quarter 3 20173,7649754,739
% change29.6%221.9%69.2%

Dwelling units approved up 69.2% in year

Figure 1 Number of Dwelling Units approved classified by type of unit, Q42016 - Q32018
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In the third quarter of 2018, planning permissions were granted for 8,018 dwelling units, compared with 4,739 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 69.2%.

 The third quarter figures also show that:

  • Planning permissions were granted for 4,879 houses in the third quarter of 2018 and 3,764 in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 29.6%. See Table 4
  • Planning permissions were granted for 3,139 apartment units, compared with 975 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 221.9%. See Table 4
  • One-off houses accounted for 17.7% 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 7,440. This compares with 6,884 in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 8.1%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 2,010 thousand square metres in the third quarter of 2018. Of this, 54.6% was for new dwellings, 32.5% for other new constructions and 12.9% for extensions.  The total floor area planned increased by 33.1% in comparison with the same quarter in 2017. See Table 1.
  • In this quarter, 364 planning permissions were granted for new buildings for Agriculture. This compares to 378 permissions in the same quarter of 2017. See Table 3(a).

Note: Q1 2018 data was revised upon receipt of new information. See Tables A, 1 & 4 for details.