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Building Consents Issued: May 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 June 2013
Key facts

In May 2013, building consents were issued for:

  • 1,971 new dwellings, including apartments
  • 219 apartments, including 118 retirement village units
  • 1,752 non-apartment dwellings, the highest monthly number since 2,123 in November 2007. 

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings, including apartments, increased 1.3 percent, following a 21 percent increase in April.

The trend for the number of new dwellings, including apartments, increased for the 26th month in a row. The trend is now 73 percent higher than its historic low point of March 2011. This trend has been measured for over 30 years, and is currently 37 percent lower than its peak, which was in January 2004. 

Graph, New dwellings consented, including apartment units, monthly, June 2006 to May 2013.

 In May 2013: 

  • Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings fell 0.3 percent. 
  • $434 million worth of work on non-residential buildings was consented. 
  • The value of consents for all buildings reached $1,160 million, the highest monthly value since August 2007.

Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician

28 June 2013
ISSN 1178-0231

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