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Building Consents Issued: August 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 September 2015
Commentary

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

New dwelling consents down in August

In August 2015, building consents were issued for 2,291 new dwellings, comprising:

  • 1,617 houses
  • 65 apartments
  • 266 retirement village units
  • 343 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings fell 4.9 percent, following a 20 percent rise in July.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 2.7 percent, following an 11 percent rise in July.

National dwellings trend increasing

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is at its highest level since July 2004.

For houses only, the trend has more than recovered from recent falls, and is at its highest level since September 2007.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, June 2008 to August 2015.

Dwellings trend continues rising in Auckland

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland is at its highest level since November 2004. This is partly due to a large number of apartments being consented in July 2015.

The trend for Canterbury is down 8.2 percent from the series peak in August 2014.

The other regional areas in the graph are showing signs of increasing, with the exception of Wellington.

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

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, June 2008 to August 2015.

In August 2015, 11 of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings than in August 2014.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Canterbury – up 56, to 596
  • Auckland – up 48, to 741
  • Waikato – up 35, to 233.

Non-residential consents valued at $671 million in August

The value of non-residential building work consented in August 2015 was $671 million, up $229 million (52 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in August 2015 were:

  • Canterbury – $419 million (62 percent of the national total)
  • Auckland – $77 million (12 percent)
  • Waikato – $56 million (8.3 percent).

The large value for Canterbury was driven by several high-value consents in Christchurch. The most significant of these was a consent for the Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury, with a value of $137 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential building consents, including alterations and additions, August month, by region, 2011 to 2015.

The non-residential building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • education buildings – $194 million
  • office, administration, and public transport buildings – $111 million
  • hospitals, nursing homes, and health buildings – $101 million.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3.2 billion

Since September 2010, $3.2 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,830 new dwellings.

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

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

  • $14.6 billion of building consents
  • 24,710 new dwellings consented.

In August 2015, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $143 million (of a total of $626 million for Canterbury). This included 110 new dwellings (of a total of 596).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury.

Consents for all buildings total $1.5 billion in August

The total value of building work consented in August 2015 was $1.5 billion (an all-time high) – comprising $862 million of residential work, and $671 million of non-residential work (an all-time high).

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

  • all buildings – up $1.6 billion (12 percent) to $16 billion
  • residential buildings – up $874 million (9.6 percent) to $10 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $759 million (16 percent) to $5.5 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended August, 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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