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Building Consents Issued: April 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 May 2015
Commentary

Figures given are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations unless otherwise stated. Values include GST and are not adjusted for inflation.

We have made changes to our building consents statistics. See the Definitions and Data quality sections for more information.

New dwelling consents decrease in April

In April 2015, 2,112 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 1,365 houses
  • 467 apartments (a seven-year high) – including 438 apartments in Auckland
  • 49 retirement village units
  • 231 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 1.7 percent, following a 10 percent rise in March.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 2.7 percent, following a 7.2 percent rise in March.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented has more than doubled since the series minimum in March 2011, but is currently easing. For houses only, while the trend is up 71 percent from the low point in March 2011, it is now decreasing.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, March 2008 to April 2015.

Number of consented dwellings down in nine of the 16 regions

Nine of the 16 regions consented fewer new dwellings in April 2015 than in April 2014.

The regions with the largest movements were:

  • Auckland– up 215, to 912
  • Canterbury – down 127, to 427 (a 22-month low)
  • Waikato – down 41, to 220.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, March 2008 to April 2015.

The trends for the number of new dwellings consented have shown strong growth in the Auckland and Canterbury regions since the low point in early 2011. However, the Canterbury trend is showing signs of decreasing.

The trends for the other regions have shown smaller increases over this time.

Trend movements, particularly for recent months, may be revised when future months are added to the series.

Non-residential consents valued at $419 million in April

The value of non-residential building work consented in April 2015 was $419 million, up $17 million (4.2 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in April 2015 were:

  • Canterbury – $129 million (31 percent of the national total)
  • Auckland – $114 million (27 percent)
  • Waikato – $34 million (8 percent).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $77 million
  • factories and industrial buildings – $67 million
  • storage buildings – $64 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type (including alterations and additions), April month, 2013 to 2015.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total almost $2.8 billion

Since 4 September 2010, almost $2.8 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,283 new dwellings.

Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For comparison, total figures for Canterbury from September 2010 to April 2015 were:

  • $13 billion of building consents
  • 22,371 new dwellings consented.

In April, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $77 million (of a total of $302 million for Canterbury). This included 95 new dwellings (of a total of 427).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury

Graph, Value of building consents in Canterbury, including alterations, additions, and non-building construction, monthly, March 2008 to April 2015.

Consents for all buildings total $1.2 billion in April

The total value of building work consented in April 2015 was $1.2 billion – comprising $757 million of residential work, and $419 million of non-residential work.

For the year ended April 2015, compared with the year ended April 2014, the value of building consents increased for:

  • all buildings – up $2.0 billion (15 percent) to $15 billion
  • residential buildings – up $1.2 billion (14 percent) to $9.7 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $0.8 billion (17 percent) to $5.3 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended April 2011 to 2015.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities in New Zealand.

For more detailed data, see the Excel tables in the 'Downloads' box.

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