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Building Consents Issued: March 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 April 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 increase in March

In March 2015, 2,271 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 1,640 houses
  • 70 apartments
  • 179 retirement village units
  • 382 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented increased 11 percent, following a 6.5 percent decrease in February 2015.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented increased 7.1 percent. This increase followed a 1.6 percent increase in February 2015.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented has more than doubled since the series minimum in March 2011. The trend is now flat. 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.

Number of consented dwellings up in 10 of the 16 regions

Ten of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings in March 2015 than in March 2014.

The regions with the largest movements were:

  • Auckland– up 195, to 756
  • Wellington – up 96, to 204
  • Otago – down 24, to 94.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, March 2008 to March 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. 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 $427 million in March

The value of non-residential building work consented in March 2015 was $427 million, up $3 million (0.7 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in March 2015 were:

  • Canterbury – $184 million (including $158 million in Christchurch city)
  • Auckland – $75 million
  • Wellington – $44 million (including $35 million in Wellington city).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • education buildings – $102 million
  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $86 million
  • storage buildings – $66 million.  

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type, March month, 2013 to 2015.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total over $2.7 billion

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total over $2.7 billion

Since 4 September 2010, over $2.7 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,188 new dwellings.

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

  • $13 billion of building consents
  • 21,944 new dwellings consented.

In March, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $134 million (of a total of $422 million for Canterbury). This included:

  • 140 new dwellings (of a total of 588)
  • $82 million for residential building work (of $234 million)
  • $52 million for non-residential building work (of $184 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, March 2008 to March 2015.

Consents for all buildings total $1.4 billion in March

The total value of building work consented in March 2015 was $1.4 billion – comprising $925 million of residential work, and $427 million of non-residential work.

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

  • all buildings – up $2.1 billion (17 percent) to $15 billion
  • residential buildings – up $1.3 billion (15 percent) to $9.7 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $0.9 billion (20 percent) to $5.3 billion.

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