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Building Consents Issued: December 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 February 2017
Commentary

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

New dwellings down in December month

In December 2016, building consents were issued for 2,205 new dwellings:

  • 1,580 houses
  • 294 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 193 retirement village units
  • 138 apartments.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 7.2 percent in December, following a 9.6 percent fall in November. The trend reached a 12-year high in July 2016, but has decreased 12 percent since then.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number rose 3.5 percent, following a 7.7 percent fall in November. The trend is decreasing.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, January 2001 to December 2016.

Canterbury is the main driver of the decreasing trend. Trends in most other regional areas are increasing, but their rates of growth have slowed.

Note: Trend movements, particularly for recent months, may be revised when we add future months to the series.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, January 2001 to December 2016.

In actual terms, the number of dwellings consented in December 2016 was lower than in December 2015 (down 13 percent). This decrease was driven by Auckland, Canterbury, and Waikato, and was mainly due to a fall in the volatile apartments category. The Canterbury and Waikato falls were also driven by houses.

Graph, New dwellings consented, by region, December month, 2014 to 2016.  

New dwellings up in 2016

In 2016, 29,970 new dwellings were consented (up 10 percent from 2015):

  • 21,310 houses (up 12 percent)
  • 4,401 townhouses, flats, and units (up 20 percent)
  • 2,307 apartments (down 9.1 percent)
  • 1,952 retirement village units (up 2.8 percent).

Graph, New dwellings consented, year ended December 1966 to 2016.

The regions with the most new dwellings consented in 2016 were:

  • Auckland – 9,930 (up 7.3 percent from 2015)
  • Canterbury – 5,903 (down 9.0 percent)
  • Waikato – 3,552 (up 18 percent)
  • Bay of Plenty – 2,520 (up 33 percent).

Graph, New dwellings consented, by region, year ended December 2014 to 2016.

Non-residential value increases slightly in 2016

Non-residential building consents totalled $6.0 billion in 2016 – up 1.7 percent, following a 16 percent increase in 2015.

However, the total floor area of new non-residential buildings fell 20 percent, mainly driven by storage and farm buildings.

Including alterations, the non-residential building types with the highest values were:

  • education buildings – $1.2 billion (up 11 percent from 2015)
  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $1.2 billion (down 6.7 percent)
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $757 million (down 3.4 percent).

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type (including alterations and additions), year ended December 2014 to 2016.

The regions with the highest value of non-residential building consents were:

  • Auckland – $2.1 billion (up 13 percent from 2015)
  • Canterbury – $1.6 billion (down 16 percent)
  • Wellington – $585 million (up 17 percent).

Graph, Value of non-residential building consents, including alterations and additions, by region, year ended December 2014 to 2016.

Consents for all buildings total $18.6 billion in 2016

Consents for all buildings totalled $18.6 billion in 2016 (up 13 percent from 2015):

  • $12.5 billion for residential buildings (up 19 percent)
  • $6.0 billion for non-residential buildings (up 1.7 percent).

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended December 2012 to 2016.

Kaikoura earthquake

To date, the Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November 2016 has not had an obvious effect on building consent statistics.

Find data tables

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

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