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Building Consents Issued: September 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 October 2016

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

New dwellings edge up in September

In September 2016, a total of 2,550 new dwellings were consented:

  • 1,892 houses
  • 393 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 206 apartments
  • 59 retirement village units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings rose 0.2 percent, following a 1.5 percent fall in August. The trend is increasing and is at its highest level since early-2004.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 2.5 percent, following a 4.1 percent rise in August. The trend is showing signs of flattening.

Both trends have increased substantially since the low point in early 2011.

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

New dwellings up in 11 of 16 regions

In 11 of the 16 regions, the number of new dwellings consented in September 2016 was higher than in September 2015.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Wellington – up 168 (133 percent) to 294, including 93 units in the Wellington City Council-owned Arlington Apartments
  • Auckland – up 109 (17 percent) to 752
  • Otago – up 50 (43 percent) to 165
  • Manawatu-Wanganui – up 34 (81 percent) to 76. 

Nationally, 2,550 new dwellings were consented – up 308 (14 percent) from September 2015.

Graph, New dwellings consented, by region, September months, 2014 to 2016.

In September 2016 compared with August, after removing monthly volatility, the trend for the number of new dwellings consented increased:

  • 0.7 percent in Auckland
  • 2.1 percent in Waikato
  • 7.8 percent in Wellington
  • 1.6 percent in the rest of the North Island
  • 4.3 percent in the rest of the South Island.

In Canterbury, the trend decreased 0.5 percent this month: it has decreased 16 percent since the series peak in late 2014, but remains at a historically high level.

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, September 2008 to September 2016.

Annual dwelling consents up across the North Island

In the year ended September 2016, 29,935 new dwellings were consented, up 14 percent from the September 2015 year. Across the North Island, the number increased 25 percent, but decreased 3.9 percent across the South Island, including a fall of 737 dwellings in Canterbury. 

Graph, New dwellings consented, by region, September years, 2014 to 2016.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland – up 1,239 (14 percent)
  • Waikato – up 845 (31 percent)
  • Bay of Plenty – up 829 (50 percent) 
  • Wellington – up 458 (30 percent)
  • Otago up 408 (31 percent)
  • Northland up 321 (40 percent).

The annual total of 29,935 new dwellings is the highest total since March 2005.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3.9 billion

Since September 2010, $3.9 billion of Canterbury’s consents have been identified as earthquake-related building consents. This includes consents for 4,654 new dwellings.

Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For comparison, total figures for Canterbury from September 2010 to September 2016 were:

  • $18.9 billion of building consents (all construction)
  • 31,505 new dwellings consented.

In September 2016, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $41.3 million (of a total of $303 million for Canterbury). This included 37 new dwellings (of a total of 458).

 Graph, Value of building consents in Canterbury, including alterations, additions, and non-building construction, monthly, September 2009 to September 2016.

Non-residential building consents valued at $509 million

The value of consents for non-residential buildings in September 2016 was $509 million – down $110 million (18 percent) from September 2015. The largest contributors to the latest month’s value were:

  • education buildings – $150 million
  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $80 million
  • factories and industrial buildings – $55 million
  • shops, restaurants and bars – $54 million.

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

In the year to September 2016, the regions that contributed the highest value of non-residential building consents were:

  • Auckland – $2.2 billion
  • Canterbury – $1.6 billion
  • Wellington – $496 million.

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

Consents for all buildings total $1.6 billion in September

The total value of building work consented in September 2016 was $1.6 billion. This comprised $1.1 billion of residential work, and $509 million of non-residential work.

For the year ended September 2016, compared with the year ended September 2015, the value of buildings consented increased for:

  • all buildings – up $2.5 billion (16 percent) to $18 billion
  • residential buildings – up $2.1 billion (21 percent) to $12 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $386 million (6.8 percent) to $6.1 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, September years 2012 to 2016.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities in New Zealand.

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

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