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Building Consents Issued: September 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 October 2017
Key facts

New dwellings

In September 2017, building consents were issued for 2,770 new dwellings:

  • 1,843 houses
  • 427 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 415 apartments 
  • 85 retirement village units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 2.3 percent (following a 5.9 percent rise in August). For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 1.7 percent (following a 3.1 percent fall in August).

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented increased, and is at its highest level since early 2004.

Including alterations, the value of building work consented in September 2017 was $1.8 billion, comprising $1.2 billion of residential work and $546 million of non-residential work.

In the year ended September 2017, 30,892 new dwellings were consented – up 3.0 percent from the September 2016 year.

Non-residential

In the year ended September 2017, non-residential building consents totalled $6.4 billion – up 5.9 percent from the September 2016 year.

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

  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings - $1.3 billion (up 14 percent from the September 2016 year)
  • education buildings – $935 million (down 23 percent)
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $803 million (up 1.9 percent)
  • storage buildings – $754 million (up 9.9 percent).

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

  • Auckland – $2.4 billion (up 7.1 percent from the September 2016 year)
  • Canterbury – $1.5 billion (down 6.8 percent)
  • Wellington – $615 million (up 24 percent)
  • Waikato – $470 million (up 25 percent).

Changes to seasonally adjusted and trend series

We have improved the way we calculate all seasonally adjusted and non-residential trend series in Building consents issued. For more information, see Building consents issued seasonal adjustment and trend changes in September 2017 on DataInfo+. 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0231
31 October 2017

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