Building permits

Building permits: November 2018

Housing
Building permits: November 2018

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the figures on building permits until November 2018.

Annual evolution

The number of permits issued for new residential buildings in the first 11 months of 2018 has increased by 25.7 % to 26,145 buildings compared to the same period in 2017. This increase fully originates in the Flemish Region, where it amounted to 40.6 %. In the Walloon Region, the number of permits issued for new residential buildings was 7.8 % lower, and the Brussels-Capital Region registered a decrease of 23.2 %.

Table 1: Annual evolution - number of building permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period

  Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2000 24,872   16,354   8,241   277  
2005 28,676 (+15.3%) 19,990 (+22.2%) 8,368 (+1.5%) 318 (+14.8%)
2010 25,622 (-10.7%) 17,712 (-11.4%) 7,671 (-8.3%) 239 (-24.8%)
2015 20,324 (-20.7%) 14,373 (-18.9%) 5,746 (-25.1%) 205 (-14.2%)
2016 21,458 (+5.6%) 15,704 (+9.3%) 5,569 (-3.1%) 185 (-9.8%)
2017 20,806 (-3.0%) 14,455 (-8.0%) 6,160 (+10.6%) 190 (+2.7%)
2018 26,145 (+25.7%) 20,321 (+40.6%) 5,677 (-7.8%) 146 (-23.2%)

Monthly evolution

For the most recent month available, November 2018, building permits were issued for 2,067 residential buildings. Compared to October 2018, this is a decrease of 1.2 %. The Flemish Region registered a decrease of 9.9 %. The number of building permits issued for new buildings has increased in the Walloon Region by 32.6 % and has remained stable in the Brussels-Capital Region compared to the previous month.

Table 2: Figures for the first 11 months of 2018 - number of building permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period

  month Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2018 1 2,375   1,714   644   17  
2018 2 2,478 (+4.3%) 2,028 (+18.3%) 430 (-33.2%) 20 (+17.6%)
2018 3 3,205 (+29.3%) 2,635 (+29.9%) 554 (+28.8%) 16 (-20.0%)
2018 4 3,174 (-1.0%) 2,632 (-0.1%) 530 (-4.3%) 12 (-25.0%)
2018 5 2,811 (-11.4%) 2,238 (-15.0%) 563 (+6.2%) 10 (-16.7%)
2018 6 2,167 (-22.9%) 1,546 (-30.9%) 611 (+8.5%) 10 0
2018 7 1,920 (-11.4%) 1,425 (-7.8%) 481 (-21.3%) 14 (+40.0%)
2018 8 1,870 (-2.6%) 1,344 (-5.7%) 518 (+7.7%) 8 (-42.9%)
2018 9 1,986 (+6.2%) 1,621 (+20.6%) 353 (-31.9%) 11 (+37.5%)
2018 10 2,092 (+5.3%) 1,651 (+1.9%) 427 (+21.0%) 14 (+27.3%)
2018 11 2,067 (-1.2%) 1,487 (-9.9%) 566 (+32.6%) 14 0

Long term evolution

Since 2007, the number of permits for the renovation of residential buildings was generally higher than the number of permits for the construction of new residential buildings. This changes from the second quarter of 2018 onwards.

From 2003 onwards, more permits are issued for new apartments than for singe family dwellings. During the years 2010-2011, both were at approximately the same level, but in recent years the difference has been increasing in favour of the apartments.

         New construction vs renovation              Single family dwellings vs apartments

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Purpose and brief description

A building permit is an authorization to start with the execution of a construction project. The granting of the building permit is therefore the final stage of the approval procedure of the government before the start of construction. This statistic provides an overview of the number of buildings and the number of dwellings for which a building permit has been approved, for new construction, renovation and demolition works.

Population

Building permits issued in Belgium during the reference period of the results

Frequency

Monthly

Timing of publication

Results available 3 months after the reference period

Metadata

AR

Arrêté royal

Addendum

Addendum

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