Building consent data shows an increase year on year. A total of 32,996 new dwellings were issued building consents, up 6.1% on 2017 as reported by statistics nz.
Last recorded low of building consent was 2011 for 13,662 which has seen a year on year growth over the following 7 years.
Government departments including Kiwi Build & Housing NZ hit a 40 year high in building consents – 2382 new dwelling consents in December were issued across the country, up 9.8% compared to December 2017.
In Auckland alone 12,862 building consents were issued last year –
Recently published articles highlighted the need for council processes to become shortened for building consent application process – ” a shift to more medium and higher density developments means the number of housing units per consent application has increased by 10 percent over the past year” to adhere to demands the council has been implementing the “Meeting Demand Programme” with projects to improve workflow management, monitoring and reporting. It had increased its external contracted resource by 30 per cent and has staff working significant overtime hours.
historically consents for homes tend to peak mid – year for summer construction for foundations but recent trends for more apartments and growth of retirement home sector had increased the variability in data – of the 32,996 new dwelling consents last year, 21,125 were stand alone houses, 3551 were apartments, 1829 were retirement village units and 6491 were town houses or home units.
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