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Building Consents Issued: July 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 August 2017
Key facts

New dwellings

In July 2017, building consents were issued for 2,762 new dwellings:

  • 1,900 houses
  • 367 apartments
  • 350 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 145 retirement village units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 0.7 percent, following a 1.3 percent fall in June. For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number rose 8.5 percent, following a 4.0 percent fall in June.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is relatively flat. It reached a 12-year high in mid-2016, but decreased towards the end of the year.

Including alterations, the value of building work consented in the July 2017 month was $1.8 billion, comprising $1.2 billion of residential work and $576 million of non-residential work.

In the year ended July 2017, 30,404 new dwellings were consented – up 4.5 percent from the July 2016 year.

Non-residential

In the year ended July 2017, non-residential building consents totalled $6.2 billion – down 1.5 percent from the July 2016 year.

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

  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $1.2 billion (up 4.6 percent from the July 2016 year)
  • education buildings – $1.0 billion (down 26 percent)
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $726 million (down 17 percent)
  • storage buildings – $720 million (up 0.6 percent).

The regions with the highest value of consented non-residential building work were:

  • Auckland – $2.2 billion
  • Canterbury – $1.5 billion
  • Wellington – $636 million.

In the year ended July 2017, the value of consents for all buildings was $19.1 billion, comprising $12.9 billion of residential work and $6.2 billion of non-residential work.

Mark Sowden, Acting Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0231
30 August 2017

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