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Building Consents Issued: July 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 August 2015

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 up in July

In July 2015, building consents were issued for 2,824 new dwellings. Compared with July 2014:

  • houses were up 215 to 1,799
  • apartments were up 249 to 444
  • retirement village units were down 156 to 117
  • townhouses, flats, and units were up 234 to 464.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented was up 20 percent, following a 3.3 percent fall in June.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number was up 12 percent, following a 0.1 percent fall in June.

National dwellings trend increasing

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented has been generally rising since the series minimum in April 2011.

For houses only, the trend has more than recovered from recent falls, and the current level is double the series minimum in March 2009.

 Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, June 2008 to July 2015.

Dwellings trend continues rising in Auckland

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland rose 5.5 percent in July. This brings it to the highest level since November 2004.

Graph, Trends for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, June 2008 to July 2015.


In July 2015, 13 of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings than in July 2014.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland – up 267, to 1,116
  • Waikato – up 85, to 296
  • Bay of Plenty – up 56, to 181
  • Canterbury – up 41, to 650.

Non-residential consents valued at $455 million in July

The value of non-residential building work consented in July 2015 was $455 million, down $58 million (11 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in July 2015 were:

  • Auckland – $161 million (35 percent of the national total)
  • Canterbury – $150 million (33 percent)
  • Waikato – $37 million (8 percent).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • office, administration, and public transport buildings – $122 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $108 million
  • education buildings – $67 million. 

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

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3.1 billion

Since September 2010, $3.1 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,720 new dwellings.

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

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

  • $13.9 billion of building consents
  • 24,114 new dwellings consented.

In July 2015, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $85 million (of a total of $398 million for Canterbury). This included 148 new dwellings (of a total of 650).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury.

Consents for all buildings total $1.4 billion in July

The total value of building work consented in July 2015 was $1.4 billion – comprising $976 million of residential work, and $455 million of non-residential work.

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

  • all buildings – up $1.5 billion (11 percent) to $15 billion
  • residential buildings – up $860 million (9.5 percent) to $9.9 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $626 million (13 percent) to $5.3 billion.

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