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Building Consents Issued: December 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 February 2017
Key facts

In December 2016, building consents were issued for 2,205 new dwellings:

  • 1,580 houses
  • 294 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 193 retirement village units
  • 138 apartments.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 7.2 percent in December, following a 9.6 percent fall in November. The trend reached a 12-year high in July 2016, but has decreased 12 percent since then. Canterbury is the main driver of the decreasing trend.

In the year ended December 2016, 29,970 new dwellings were consented – up 10 percent from 2015.

Graph, New dwellings consented, monthly, December 2009 to December 2016.

Including alterations, the value of building work consented in the December 2016 month was $1.6 billion, comprising $989 million of residential work and $595 million of non-residential work.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0231
9 February 2017

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