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Building Consents Issued: February 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 March 2015

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

We are changing what building consents statistics we publish. See Changes to our time series and classifications in the Data quality section.

New dwelling consents decreased in February

In February 2015, 1,758 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 160 apartments, including 28 retirement village units
  • 1,598 non-apartment dwellings.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented decreased 6.3 percent, following a 4.6 percent decrease in January 2015.

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented decreased 1.4 percent. This fall followed a 7.8 percent decrease in January 2015.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented, including apartments, has more than doubled since the series minimum in March 2011, but is now showing signs of decreasing.

Excluding apartments, the trend is up 80 percent from the low point in March 2011, but is now decreasing.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, December 2007 to February 2015.

Number of consented dwellings down in 9 of the 16 regions

Nine of the 16 regions consented fewer new dwellings, including apartments, in February 2015 than in February 2014.

The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Taranaki – down 21, to 25 (including 16 fewer apartments)
  • Otago – down 18, to 73 (including 12 fewer apartments)
  • Bay of Plenty – down 13, to 101
  • Canterbury – down 13, to 517 (including 52 more apartments).

Auckland region had the largest increase of new dwellings consented, up 64 to 528, including 70 more apartments. Apartment numbers usually fluctuate from month to month.

Graph, New dwellings consented, including apartments, February month, by region, 2013 to 2015.

Non-residential consents valued at $469 million in February

The value of non-residential building work consented in February 2015 was $469 million, up $93 million (25 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in February 2015 were:

  • Auckland – $182 million
  • Canterbury – $145 million (including $110 million in Christchurch city)
  • Manuwatu-Wanganui – $25 million (including $13 million in Palmerston North city).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • offices and administration buildings – $134 million
  • storage buildings – $67 million  
  • education buildings – $48 million.

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

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total almost $2.6 billion

Since 4 September 2010, almost $2.6 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,048 new dwellings.

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

  • $12 billion of building consents
  • 21,356 new dwellings consented.

In February, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $49 million (of a total of $344 million for Canterbury). This included:

  • 86 new dwellings (of a total of 517)
  • $43 million for residential building work (of $198 million)
  • $5 million for non-residential building work (of $145 million).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury

Graph, Value of building consents in Canterbury, including alterations, additions, and non-building construction, monthly, December 2007 to February 2015.

Consents for all buildings total over $1.2 billion in February

The total value of building work consented in February 2015 was over $1.2 billion – comprising $769 million of residential work, and $469 million of non-residential work.

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

  • all buildings – up $2.3 billion (18 percent) to $14.8 billion
  • residential buildings – up $1.4 billion (17 percent) to $9.6 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $0.9 billion (21 percent) to $5.3 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and addtions, year ended February, 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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