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Planning Permissions

Quarter 4 2018

Number of Dwelling Units
Houses Apartments Totals
Year 201715,4405,33620,776
Year 201820,0199,22429,243
% change29.7%72.9%40.8%
   
Quarter 4 20174,2922,6426,934
Quarter 4 20184,3762,3066,682
% change2.0%-12.7%-3.6%

Dwelling units approved up 40.8% in year

Figure 1 Number of Dwelling Units approved classified by type of unit, Q12017 - Q42018
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In the year 2018, planning permissions were granted for 29,243 dwelling units, compared with 20,776 units in the year 2017, an increase of 40.8%. See Table 4

 The fourth quarter figures also show that:

  • Planning permissions were granted for 6,682 dwelling units, compared with 6,934 units for the fourth quarter of 2017, a decrease of 3.6%. See Table 4
  • Planning permissions were granted for 4,376 houses in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 4,292 in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 2.0%. See Table 4
  • Planning permissions were granted for 2,306 apartment units, compared with 2,642 units for the same period in 2017, a decrease of 12.7%. See Table 4
  • One-off houses accounted for 20.3% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission in this quarter. See Table 4.
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 6,300. This compares with 5,961 in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.7%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 1,672 thousand square metres in the fourth quarter of 2018. Of this, 54.3% was for new dwellings, 29.5% for other new constructions and 16.2% for extensions.  The total floor area planned increased by 5.0% in comparison with the same quarter in 2017. See Table 1.
  • In this quarter, 286 planning permissions were granted for new buildings for Agriculture. This compares to 289 permissions in the same quarter of 2017. See Table 3(a).

Data for Cork and Cork City has been revised since publication due to a reclassification of a planning  permission.

 

 

X-axis labelPlanning Permissions CivilPlanning Permissions Non-Res Planning Permissions Dwellings
201380634408204
2014123234989072
2015151940859845
20161913514311497
20172197522814153
20182211751215617
Table A Summary of Planning Permissions granted for new Dwelling Units
Period All HousesAnnual % changeof which Multi- Development HousesAnnual % changeof which One-off housesAnnual % changeApartmentsAnnual % change Total Dwellings (All Houses & Apartments)Annual % change
2016Q12,5341%1,556-3%9788%557-20% 3,091-4%
 Q22,340-11%1,350-26%99021%80169% 3,1411%
 Q34,36286%3,233132%1,12919%1,452305% 5,814115%
 Q43,24518%2,11215%1,13324%1,084-14% 4,3298%
 Year12,48122%8,25124%4,23018%3,89439% 16,37526%
             
2017Q13,75448%2,48159%1,27330%89661% 4,65050%
 Q23,63055%2,38276%1,24826%8233% 4,45342%
 Q33,764-14%2,382-26%1,38222%975-33% 4,739-18%
 Q44,29232%2,97041%1,32217%2,642144% 6,93460%
 Year15,44024%10,21524%5,22524%5,33637% 20,77627%
  
2018Q15,81355%4,42278%1,3919%1,953118%7,76667%
 Q24,95136%3,63653%1,3155%1,826122%6,77752%
 Q34,87930%3,46345%1,4162%3,139222%8,01869%
 Q44,3762%3,0172%1,3593%2,306-13%6,682-4%
 Year20,01930%14,53842%5,4815%9,22473%29,24341%
Note: Percentages are rounded for tabular purposes
  
Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q1 2009 - Q4 2018
Number of Permissions Total Floor Area (000 sq.m)
 New Construction    New Construction  
Period DwellingsOtherExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal  DwellingsOtherExtensionTotal1
2009Q 13,2751,2312,4994817,486 2,0908704593,419
 Q 22,6891,1582,4055046,756 1,7538722812,906
 Q 32,5051,2182,4334996,655 1,2739152782,466
 Q 41,9119081,8854335,137 8124081791,399
 Year10,3804,5159,2221,91726,034 5,9283,0651,19710,190
           
2010Q 11,7687751,6173594,519 8443031811,328
 Q 21,5137721,9963944,675 7765532321,561
 Q 3 1,6348662,3194535,272 7274152711,412
 Q 41,4327921,7783714,373 514254186955
 Year6,3473,2057,7101,57718,839 2,8611,5258705,256
          
2011Q 11,2777001,6374054,019 5993762021,177
 Q 21,2647211,8663934,244 5604522091,222
 Q 3 1,2718621,8964174,446 465288216969
 Q 49556811,3123353,283 357214137708
 Year4,7672,9646,7111,55015,992 1,9821,3307654,077
            
2012Q 19576951,3393773,368 279283173734
 Q 29428281,5493533,672 284341199824
 Q 39071,0501,6804104,047 312346219877
 Q 48378341,3413083,320 325261177763
 Year3,6433,4075,9091,44814,407 1,1991,2317683,198
            
2013Q 18627851,2963323,275 394366169930
 Q 27727541,4893533,368 333331170834
 Q 39319041,6653753,875 282312229823
 Q 47519881,2453993,383 295297159751
 Year3,3163,4315,6951,45913,901 1,3051,3067273,338
            
2014Q 18911,0061,3965403,833 336229180744
 Q 28751,0911,5905934,149 296242174712
 Q 39621,1831,7054784,328 366379228974
 Q 48781,0191,2613463,504 368214172754
 Year3,6064,2995,9521,95715,814 1,3661,0647543,184
            
2015Q 11,0661,0461,4543353,901 525243206973
 Q 29911,0211,6633724,047 5273212161,065
 Q 31,1281,4921,9424475,009 4945682931,354
 Q 41,0841,5651,4134084,470 6016871801,468
 Year4,2695,1246,4721,56217,427 2,1471,8198954,861
            
2016Q 11,1691,6951,6803704,914 5025222561,280
 Q 21,2031,7581,8494265,236 5544602311,245
 Q 31,4031,9742,1985516,126 8456292621,736
 Q 41,3411,5171,5104554,823 6844501911,325
 Year5,1166,9447,2371,80221,099 2,5852,0629405,586
            
2017Q 11,5231,9061,7677635,959 7604212791,461
 Q 21,4842,0901,9048016,279 6985312271,455
 Q 31,6702,0462,1661,0026,884 7614473021,510
 Q 41,5911,8991,6008715,961 9624182131,593
 Year6,2687,9417,4373,43725,083 3,1811,8171,0216,019
            
2018Q 11,7141,7771,6588726,021 1,1715722201,964
 Q 21,6392,0852,0591,0406,823 9966062551,857
 Q 31,8132,2572,2231,1477,440 1,0976532602,010
 Q 41,6781,8831,7509896,300 9084942701,672
 Year6,8448,0027,6904,04826,584 4,1722,3251,0067,503
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q4 2018, classified by region, county and type of development
Number of Permissions  Total Floor Area (000 sq.m)
 New Construction New Construction  
Planning Region and CountyDwellings Other  ExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal DwellingsOther  ExtensionTotal1
Northern and Western4723743221181,286 16312744334
           
Border22220115160634 679019176
Cavan2637299101 1412429
Donegal102506520237 264536
Leitrim41114534 1012
Monaghan6364155147 1872595
Sligo27392821115 82313
           
West25017317158652 963725158
Galway City82127864 215724
Galway2136787122307 68101088
Mayo55224614137 124622
Roscommon51522714144 149224
           
Southern 6507425753242,291 333159111602
           
Mid-West16821518186650 764239157
Clare51415325170 146727
Limerick62827341258 47191985
Tipperary55925520222 15171244
           
South-East19615414566561 1162215153
Carlow2236201492 74314
Kilkenny48423522147 257336
Waterford38354717137 454453
Wexford88414313185 397550
           
South-West2863732491721,080 1419558293
Cork City* 17312731106 4449295
Cork2 *199264167112742 793548161
Kerry70785529232 1811736
           
Eastern and Midland5567678535472,723 413208115735
           
Dublin1783925233751,468 19514053388
Dublin City75224205183687 699019177
Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown365512275288 549769
Fingal466812080314 10292363
South Dublin21457637179 6213479
           
Mid-East261236254130881 1634523231
Louth53324026151 242430
Kildare71919063315 6815891
Meath92716119243 5517678
Wicklow45426322172 1610532
           
Midland1171397642374 552338116
Laois50552817150 347749
Longford12239650 3418
Offaly292220879 111619
Westmeath2639191195 7112441
           
State1,6781,8831,7509896,300 9084942701,672
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
2 Excluding cities
* The figures for Cork City and Cork have been revised.
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 3(a) Number of Planning Permissions granted, Q4 2018, classified by region, type of development and functional category
 Functional Category 
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt-, Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseCivil Eng.OtherTotal
New Construction         
          
Northern and Western4729881818108142846
Border2222509-36770423
West2507389154172423
         
Southern6502614428792302981,392
Mid-West1683547316681383
South-East1966303244861350
South West28617601824116156659
          
Eastern and Midland55663543114171654231,323
Dublin178382236956258570
Mid-East261243144758108497
Midland1171214415157256
         
State1,678982867722345038633,561
         
Extension         
         
Northern and Western2522112111610--322
Border117792106--151
West135143964--171
         
Southern4602431182814--575
Mid-West1369105147--181
South-East119510263--145
South West20510111184--249
         
Eastern and Midland734499113812--853
Dublin4702916107--523
Mid-East2121543173--254
Midland52542112--76
         
State1,4469452408236--1,750
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Northern and Western5440-6117--118
Border3017-364--60
West2423-353--58
         
Southern186757112520--324
Mid-West362921126--86
South-East3517-374--66
South West1152957610--172
         
Eastern and Midland352145163013--547
Dublin25786-3209--375
Mid-East78421243--130
Midland1717-161--42
         
State5922608236640--989
         
All Developments         
          
Northern and Western778701003528251081421,286
Border36926591416136770634
West40944412112124172652
         
Southern1,2961251825760432302982,291
Mid-West34041661329146681650
South-East3502840815114861561
South West60656763616181161561,080
         
Eastern and Midland1,642257644882421654232,723
Dublin9051533323625562581,468
Mid-East55181369251358108881
Midland186232572145157374
          
State3,7164523461401701105038636,300
- No permissions         
Table 3(b) Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q4 2018, classified by region and functional category
Functional Category 
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt., Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseTotal1
New Construction       
        
Northern and Western1631798715290
Border671852-3157
West961613512133
       
Southern3335684875491
Mid-West76037140118
South-East116314123138
South West1415333612235
       
Eastern and Midland4131284120109621
Dublin19511311825335
Mid-East1631420164208
Midland5502002078
        
State9082002233418191,402
       
Extension       
       
Northern and Western1846113244
Border81512119
West1031101125
       
Southern3441243144111
Mid-West10131012239
South-East80411115
South West1635322158
       
Eastern and Midland4236182133115
Dublin24101313253
Mid-East143113123
Midland422417038
       
State94443656319270
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
       
Northern and Western181211041847334
Border75290324176
West10619141523158
       
Southern366609650219602
Mid-West8624011163157
South-East124318233153
South West15756373823293
       
Eastern and Midland45516359222412735
Dublin219123142067388
Mid-East1771721195231
Midland592324190116
        
State1,0022442599048281,672
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 4 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2009 - Q4 2018
All Housesof which Multi-Development Housesof which One-Off HousesApartments
Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)Number of PermissionsNumber of UnitsFloor Area (000 m2)Average Floor Area per Unit (m2)
                
2009Q 13,02510,2561,687164.52827,513995132.42,7432,743692252.42373,92138297.4
Q 22,4757,7391,273164.52375,501707128.52,2382,238566252.92025,09246791.7
Q 32,3045,362963179.61963,254434133.32,1082,108529251.11953,22230694.9
Q 41,7633,457669193.41391,833252137.71,6241,624416256.31371,50713187
Year9,56726,8144,592171.385418,1012,388131.98,7138,7132,203252.877113,7421,28693.6
                
2010Q 11,6643,585667186.21122,033280137.51,5521,552388249.9921,92516384.5
 Q 21,3953,043548180.0951,743219125.41,3001,300329253.21152,33522897.6
 Q 31,5372,817552196.0941,374192139.41,4431,443361249.9891,82416791.6
 Q 41,3622,159441204.475872122139.71,2871,287319248.2657907190.4
 Year5,95811,6042,208190.33766,022813135.55,5825,5821,397250.33616,87462991.5
                  
2011Q 11,2053,075528171.7781,948246126.21,1271,127282250.36759265109.2
 Q 21,1972,599487187.3711,473204138.81,1261,126282250.7637117098.9
 Q 3 1,2071,887389206.483763111145.91,1241,124278247.55662573117.5
 Q 49071,537302196.34167186128.6866866210249.0436195487.9
 Year4,5169,0981,706187.52734,855647133.44,2434,2431,058249.42292,547263103.2
                  
2012Q 19021,263268212.43439553134.7868868215247.84992780.8
 Q 28751,166257220.04533648143.2830830208251.26224024101.8
 Q 38571,540302196.156739107145.4801801194242.84798885.1
 Q 47881,420283199.43766996143.2751751187249.5464314092.5
 Year3,4225,3891,110206.01722,139305142.43,2503,250805247.82048618093.0
                  
2013Q 18181,860345185.7451,087155142.6773773190246.24044846102.1
 Q 27271,496280187.143812109134.5684684171249.64043050116.9
 Q 38641,252266212.64543363146.6819819203247.5641571276.6
 Q 46941,394270193.654754109144.1640640161252.0531621593.6
 Year3,1036,0021,161193.51873,086436141.42,9162,916725248.61971,197123103.0
                  
2014Q 18351,446296204.661672106157.3774774190245.7491581596.9
 Q 28091,492283190.05774099133.2752752185245.9631141084.9
 Q 38871,783330185.266962134138.9821821197239.6653613186.9
 Q 48041,905352184.5551,156166143.2749749186248.3691521385.3
 Year3,3356,6261,261190.32393,530503142.63,0963,096758244.82467856988.3
                  
2015Q 19772,514454180.6691,606232144.3908908222244.8826996897.2
 Q 29132,637475180.0921,816277152.5821821198241.0734734799.7
 Q 31,0362,345419178.6861,395189135.2950950230242.4853593289.2
 Q 49952,754481174.7821,841259140.5913913222243.5861,26311994.2
 Year3,92110,2501,829178.43296,658956143.63,5923,592873243.03262,79426695.2
                  
2016Q 11,0722,534445175.7941,556209134.2978978236241.8905575090.1
 Q 21,0902,340422180.31001,350188139.0990990234236.61078017188.0
 Q 31,2734,362703161.11443,233434134.21,1291,129269238.41261,45212687.0
 Q 41,2343,245559172.41012,112281133.31,1331,133278245.41021,08410496.4
 Year 4,66912,4812,129170.64398,2511,112134.74,2304,2301,018240.64253,89435290.3
                  
2017Q 11,3873,754650173.11142,481341137.61,2731,273308242.11268968393.1
 Q 21,3693,630611168.41212,382310130.01,2481,248302241.81078237084.8
 Q 3 1,5163,764631167.61342,382302126.81,3821,382329237.81469759091.9
 Q 41,4544,292719167.41322,970404135.91,3221,322315238.31312,64221581.5
 Year5,72615,4402,610169.150110,2151,357132.85,2255,2251,254239.95105,33645885.9
     
2018Q 11,5385,813895154.01474,422564127.51,3911,391331238.01621,95316886.0
 Q 21,4644,951794160.41493,636482132.61,3151,315312237.11611,82616691.0
 Q 3 1,5934,879777159.31773,463442127.61,4161,416335236.92113,13927888.7
 Q 41,5094,376708161.81503,017385127.71,3591,359323237.41602,30619082.2
 Year6,10420,0193,174158.662314,5381,873128.95,4815,4811,301237.36949,22480287.0
                  
Table 5 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, 2018, classified by region, county and type of development
 Number of Permissions  Total Floor Area (000 sq.m)
 New Construction    New Construction  
Planning Region and CountyDwellings Other  ExtensionAlteration and ConversionTotal DwellingsOther  ExtensionTotal1
Northern and Western1,7791,5221,2964915,088 5914701801,240
           
Border8028145922522,460 23130581617
Cavan1131589828397 454615107
Donegal33822725178894 853231149
Leitrim17615530163 44614
Monaghan22624610147620 6720617290
Sligo1081228769386 29161257
           
West9777087042392,628 36016598624
Galway City477010844269 40261782
Galway2511362295861,254 2137642331
Mayo28312320159666 673528130
Roscommon13615310050439 41291181
           
Southern2,6973,3132,5601,3249,894 1,3898253762,590
           
Mid-West7699957853472,896 278239127644
Clare26324721992821 834131155
Limerick2783542851341,051 1356757259
Tipperary2283942811211,024 5913139230
           
South-East7868306413342,591 34321473630
Carlow711048251308 22181151
Kilkenny193285154100732 748419177
Waterford17920120395678 1085116175
Wexford34324020288873 1396127227
           
South-West1,1421,4881,1346434,407 7693711761,316
Cork City*85128147101461 21011829358
Cork2 *8171,0027334192,971 483209114806
Kerry240358254123975 764432152
           
Eastern and Midland2,3683,1673,8342,23311,602 2,1921,0314513,673
           
Dublin7751,6662,4681,5716,480 1,1206422221,985
Dublin City2888281,0227732,911 27330672651
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown1643146103571,445 4033440477
Fingal2093044822851,280 22322879530
South Dublin114220354156844 2217432327
           
Mid-East1,0719381,0134823,504 8442791411,265
Louth186162211119678 824734163
Kildare2663343031921,095 41812329570
Meath397280270821,029 2348158373
Wicklow22216222989702 1102920159
           
Midland5225633531801,618 22710987424
Laois16318913555542 943922155
Longford64713718190 17141041
Offaly1531419153438 722920121
Westmeath1421629054448 442835106
           
State6,8448,0027,6904,04826,584 4,1722,3251,0067,503
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
2 Excluding cities
* The figures for Cork City and Cork have been revised
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m
Table 6 Number of Planning Permissions granted, 2018, classified by region, type of development and functional category
 Functional Category
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt., Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseCivil Eng.OtherTotal
New Construction         
          
Northern and Western1,779633925018334515153,301
Border80233205265202782471,616
West977301872413131732681,685
          
Southern2,69713869511546521,0641,2036,010
Mid-West769202532418143043621,764
South-East78636199219172812671,616
South West1,142822437019214795742,630
          
Eastern and Midland2,36821225014078546961,7375,535
Dublin775135108536332451,1222,441
Mid-East1,071681263132192524102,009
Midland5229114241021992051,085
          
State6,8444131,3373051421392,2113,45514,846
          
Extension         
          
Northern and Western9859539489336--1,296
Border4504128164017--592
West5355411325319--704
          
Southern2,0081481067816456--2,560
Mid-West6103535335418--785
South-East4964127114818--641
South West9027244346220--1,134
          
Eastern and Midland3,343198396414446--3,834
Dublin2,2381127286221--2,468
Mid-East8466419214914--1,013
Midland2592213153311--353
          
State6,336441184190401138--7,690
          
Alteration and Conversion         
          
Northern and Western2401643125319--491
Border1297838259--252
West11186-42810--239
          
Southern779304174412654--1,324
Mid-West180883134518--347
South-East171933114115--334
South West42812311204021--643
          
Eastern and Midland1,41854865113278--2,233
Dublin1,061350-268648--1,571
Mid-East2651454152825--482
Midland9253210185--180
          
State2,4371,01626107311151--4,048
          
All Developments         
          
Northern and Western3,004322434110164884515155,088
Border1,3811522365070462782472,460
West1,6231701986094421732682,628
         
Southern5,4845908182373361621,0641,2039,894
Mid-West1,55914329170117503043622,896
South-East1,4531702294398502812672,591
South West2,472277298124121624795744,407
          
Eastern and Midland7,1299582952553541786961,73711,602
Dublin4,074597171391841022451,1226,480
Mid-East2,18227714967109582524103,504
Midland873841294961181992051,618
          
State15,6171,8701,5476028544282,2113,45526,584
- No permissions
Table 7 Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, 2018, classified by region and functional category
 Functional Category
Type of Development and Planning RegionDwellingsCommercial BuildingsBuildings for AgricultureIndustrial BuildingsGovt., Health and EducationOther Buildings for Social UseTotal1
New Construction       
        
Northern and Western591533243644121,061
Border231182551858535
West360366918394525
        
Southern1,3892104775759222,214
Mid-West27891874327517
South-East3431614525208557
South West76918514528771,140
        
Eastern and Midland2,192563218116102323,222
Dublin1,120457257068231,763
Mid-East844100119242891,124
Midland2276742360336
        
State4,1728261,019209205656,497
        
Extension       
        
Northern and Western 71201546217180
Border33912187281
West381132814498
        
Southern1355440974010376
Mid-West4181343193127
South-East32711812373
South West6139164794176
        
Eastern and Midland18911249503714451
Dublin11151258189222
Mid-East5834162472141
Midland202791811287
        
State39518610519397301,006
        
Total New Construction and Extension       
        
Northern and Western662733408264191,240
Border26427268371210617
West398477245538624
        
Southern1,52426451715499312,590
Mid-West31917200475111644
South-East37524155333210630
South West8302241617416101,316
        
Eastern and Midland2,380675267166139463,673
Dublin1,231508507787321,985
Mid-East9021341344836111,265
Midland248338340173424
        
State4,5661,0121,124402303967,503
1 For categories where floor area is a relevant measure
- No permissions
NOTE: 0 implies less than 500 sq.m

Background Notes

Scope and Background

Details of the scope and background of this series were given in the March 1973 Statistical Bulletin. The Planning and Development Acts 1963 - 2000, imposes certain requirements on builders, developers and all other persons who propose to build or develop and specifies that a planning permission must be obtained from the relevant Planning Authority.

Local authority building (including housing) is exempt in the case where construction takes place in the Authorities’ own area. Therefore, works undertaken by a local authority outside its functional area come within the scope of the Acts, and need planning permission. Planning permission is also needed for development by the State, except where the consultation procedures provided for in the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1993 obtain (e.g. national security, public safety or order, the administration of justice etc). This series only provides coverage where development is subject to the requirement to obtain planning permission.

This series is also available using the interactive tables in StatBank on the CSO website. 

Regions

The Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994, established eight new Regions. The CSO has adopted these in place of the old Planning Regions as the basis for the regional breakdown of planning permissions data. 

Classification

Planning permissions are classified by type of development, local authority district and by regional authority.  A distinction is made between residential and non-residential building and civil engineering. 

Coverage

Only final grants of permission or approvals are covered, i.e. only works which involve construction.  The following permissions are excluded since they do not entail construction per se:

  • Changes of a technical and business nature as distinct from a building or structural nature;
  • Outline permission;
  • Retention of an existing building;
  • Changes to existing plan;
  • Bye-law permission;
  • Refusals - permissions subsequently granted on appeal by An Bord Pleanála are included.  

Rounding

As the figures for floor area have been rounded there may be slight discrepancies between the sum of the constituent items and the totals shown.

Estimates are included where complete details of floor area size are not available.  

NUTS2 and NUTS3 Regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) classification used by Eurostat. The classification was drawn up by Eurostat in order to define territorial units for the production of regional statistics across the European Union. In 2003, the EU Member States, the European Parliament and the Commission established the NUTS regions within a legal framework (Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003).
Revisions were made to the NUTS boundaries in 2016 and were given legal status under Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066 amending annexes to NUTS Regulation 1059/2003. Under this revision the NUTS 2 Regions comprise the Regional Assemblies established under the Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014 (SI No. 573 of 2014). The NUTS 3 Regions are groupings of 31 administrative counties, and nest into the NUTS 2 Regions.

Nuts 2 Region   Nuts 2 Region   Nuts 2 Region  
           
Northern and Western   Southern   Eastern and Midland  
           
Nuts 3 Region   Nuts 3 Region   Nuts 3 Region  
Border Cavan Mid-West Clare Dublin Dublin
  Donegal   Limerick   Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
  Leitrim   Tipperary   Fingal
  Monaghan       South Dublin
  Sligo        
           
West Galway City South-East Carlow Mid-East Louth
  Galway County   Kilkenny   Kildare
  Mayo   Waterford   Meath
  Roscommon   Wexford   Wicklow
           
    South-West Cork City Midland Laois
      Cork County   Longford
      Kerry   Offaly
          Westmeath

 

Strategic Housing Development Planning Applications 

Planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units and 200 plus student bed spaces can now be made directly to An Bord Pleanála. New legislation which allows for this type of application was enacted on 19th December 2016 and the associated regulations come in to effect on 3rd July 2017. This new type of application has been introduced as part of Rebuilding Ireland to speed up the planning application process and accelerate delivery of larger housing and student accommodation proposals. For more information see An Bord Pleanala website

Comparison with other national series

There are differences (due to coverage, timing, definitions and other factors) between the planning permissions statistics produced by the CSO and those of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG), resulting in different but complementary sets of data aimed at meeting the needs of different users.

The planning permissions statistics produced by the DHPCLG focus on the overall process of the planning permissions system.  For example, it provides data for each planning authority on invalid applications received, applications for outline and full permission, decisions to grant /refuse permission, decisions issued within the statutory eight week period, decisions deferred. Percentages for decisions are provided.

By contrast, the planning permissions statistics published by the CSO provide a detailed breakdown of certain outputs of the planning process (number of  planning permissions granted with the number of units, functional description, and their floor areas).  Only final grants of permission for works which involve construction are covered. Refusals, retentions and outline permissions, for example, are excluded.  See under the heading Coverage above for a full list of exclusions.

The example of an application for a shopping centre with a car park illustrates how different approaches can result in a different total for the number of planning permissions granted. The CSO statistics include a breakdown into types of planning permission received and would therefore treat the case as an application for two permissions, one for a shopping centre and one for a car park. Where the statistics compiled do not involve such a breakdown, as is the case with the DHPCLG, the application would be treated as one for a single permission.

The purpose of the CSO Planning Permissions Statistics is to provide a short-term indicator on construction.  It aims to provide data enabling some prediction of or insight into the amount of building activity about to take place in the State. 

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