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Building Consents Issued: November 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  11 January 2016
Commentary

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

New dwelling consents up in November

In November 2015, building consents were issued for 2,831 new dwellings, comprising:

  • 1,864 houses
  • 270 apartments
  • 321 retirement village units
  • 376 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings rose 1.8 percent.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 0.3 percent.

National dwellings trend increases

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented increased 0.6 percent in November, and is at its highest level since July 2004.

For houses only, the trend increased 0.2 percent, and is at its highest level since September 2007.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, January 2001 to October 2015.

Auckland dwellings trend at 11-year high

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland increased 4.4 percent in November 2015, and is at its highest level since late 2004.

The trend for the Waikato region increased 3.4 percent, and is at its highest level since mid-2007.

The trend for the Wellington region increased 5.3 percent, and is at its highest level since late 2007.

The trend for the rest of the North Island increased 4.6 percent, and is at its highest level since early 2008.

The trend for the Canterbury region increased 2.3 percent, but is still down 6.6 percent from the series peak in mid-2014.

The trend for the rest of the South Island increased 2.1 percent, and is at its highest level since early 2008.

Note: 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, September 2008 to November 2015.

In November 2015, 12 of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings than in November 2014.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Wellington – up 224, to 328 (including 100 apartments and 90 retirement village units)
  • Bay of Plenty – up 113, to 227
  • Waikato – up 103, to 284

The region with the largest decrease was Canterbury – down 153, to 573.

Non-residential consents valued at $531 million in November

The value of non-residential building work consented in November 2015 was $531 million, up $105 million (25 percent) compared with the same month in 2014.

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

  • office, administration, and public transport buildings – $114 million
  • education buildings – $99 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $77 million.

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

The regions that consented the most non-residential building work were:

  • Auckland – $244 million
  • Canterbury – $126 million
  • Wellington – $29 million.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3.4 billion

Since September 2010, $3.4 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 4,080 new dwellings.

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

  • $16 billion of building consents
  • 26,297 new dwellings consented.

In November 2015, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $72 million (of a total of $347 million for Canterbury). This included 96 new dwellings (of a total of 573).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury.

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

Consents for all buildings total $1.6 billion in November

The total value of building work consented in November 2015 was $1.6 billion (the highest-ever value). This comprised $1.1 billion of residential work, and $531 million of non-residential work.

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

  • all buildings – up $1.7 billion (12 percent) to $16 billion
  • residential buildings – up $956 million (10 percent) to $10 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $733 million (14 percent) to $5.8 billion.

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