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Building Consents Issued: May 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 June 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 unchanged in May

In May 2015, 2,171 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 1,587 houses
  • 115 apartments
  • 184 retirement village units
  • 285 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented was unchanged in May, following a 0.9 percent fall in April.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number rose 2.4 percent, reversing a 1.8 percent fall in April.

National dwellings trend near 2005 average

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented has more than doubled since the series low point in March 2011, and has nearly reached the average level seen between 2005 and 2007. However, the trend is currently only increasing very slightly, and is still 25 percent below the series peak in February 2004.

For houses only, the trend is showing signs of increasing, after decreasing slightly over the past year.

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

Dwellings trend at 10-year high in Auckland but falling in Canterbury

From 2011 to 2014, Auckland and Canterbury drove strong growth in the national trend for the number of new dwellings consented.

Following this growth, the trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland is at its highest level since March 2005.

The trend for Canterbury is now decreasing, and has fallen 17 percent since the series peak in August 2014, but is still three times as high as the most-recent low point in March 2011.

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

In May 2015, 8 of the 16 regions consented fewer new dwellings than in May 2014.

The regions with the largest movements were:

  • Waikato – up 62, to 254
  • Canterbury – down 56, to 549
  • Auckland – up 40, to 651.

Non-residential consents valued at $486 million in May

The value of non-residential building work consented in May 2015 was $486 million, up $116 million (31 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in May 2015 were:

  • Auckland – $165 million (34 percent of the national total)
  • Canterbury – $138 million (28 percent)
  • Wellington – $51 million (11 percent).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • hospitals, nursing homes, and other health buildings – $84 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $71 million
  • office, administration, and public transport buildings – $68 million.

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

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $2.9 billion

Since 4 September 2010, $2.9 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,409 new dwellings.

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

  • $13 billion of building consents
  • 22,920 new dwellings consented.

In May, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $73 million (of a total of $352 million for Canterbury). This included 126 new dwellings (of a total of 549).

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 May 2015.

Consents for all buildings total $1.4 billion in May

The total value of building work consented in May 2015 was $1.4 billion – comprising $868 million of residential work, and $486 million of non-residential work.

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

  • all buildings – up $2.1 billion (16 percent) to $15 billion
  • residential buildings – up $1.1 billion (13 percent) to $9.7 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $1.0 billion (22 percent) to $5.4 billion.

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