Building permits

Building permits: December 2019

Housing
Building permits: December 2019

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the figures on building permits until December 2019.

Annual evolution

The number of permits issued for new residential buildings in 2019 has decreased by 4.8 % to 27,477 buildings compared to 2018.  This decrease finds its origin in the Flemish Region and in the Brussels-Capital Region, where the drop amounted to 6.5 % and 12.6 %, respectively. In the Walloon Region, the number of permits issued for new residential buildings was 1.1 % higher.

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

  Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2005 31,518   22,072   9,107   339  
2010 27,292 (-13.4%) 18,888 (-14.4%) 8,148 (-10.5%) 256 (-24.5%)
2015 21,916 (-19.7%) 15,514 (-17.9%) 6,187 (-24.1%) 215 (-16.0%)
2016 22,962 (+4.8%) 16,696 (+7.6%) 6,067 (-1.9%) 199 (-7.4%)
2017 22,764 (-0.9%) 15,964 (-4.4%) 6,591 (+8.6%) 209 (+5.0%)
2018 28,853 (+26.7%) 22,086 (+38.3%) 6,608 (+0.3%) 159 (-23.9%)
2019 27,477 (-4.8%) 20,655 (-6.5%) 6,683 (+1.1%) 139 (-12.6%)
Table 1: Annual figures - number of permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period

Monthly evolution

For the most recent month available, December 2019, building permits were issued for 2,322 residential buildings. Compared to November 2019, this is an increase of 7.2 %.  The Flemish Region registered an increase of 15 %.  The number of building permits issued for new buildings has decreased in the Walloon Region by 12.8 % and in the Brussels-Capital Region, this figure dropped to 7 buildings.

Table 2: Monthly figures - number of permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period

  Month Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2018 1 2,403   1,714   672   17  
2018 2 2,478 (+3.1%) 2,028 (+18.3%) 430 (-36.0%) 20 (+17.6%)
2018 3 3,230 (+30.3%) 2,635 (+29.9%) 579 (+34.7%) 16 (-20.0%)
2018 4 3,186 (-1.4%) 2,632 (-0.1%) 542 (-6.4%) 12 (-25.0%)
2018 5 2,830 (-11.2%) 2,238 (-15.0%) 582 (+7.4%) 10 (-16.7%)
2018 6 2,174 (-23.2%) 1,546 (-30.9%) 618 (+6.2%) 10 0
2018 7 1,999 (-8.0%) 1,425 (-7.8%) 560 (-9.4%) 14 (+40.0%)
2018 8 1,937 (-3.1%) 1,344 (-5.7%) 585 (+4.5%) 8 (-42.9%)
2018 9 2,055 (+6.1%) 1,621 (+20.6%) 421 (-28.0%) 13 (+62.5%)
2018 10 2,181 (+6.1%) 1,651 (+1.9%) 518 (+23.0%) 12 (-7.7%)
2018 11 2,118 (-2.9%) 1,487 (-9.9%) 618 (+19.3%) 13 (+8.3%)
2018 12 2,118 0 1,676 (+12.7%) 430 (-30.4%) 12 (-7.7%)
2019 1 2,121 0 1,552 0 559 0 10 0
2019 2 2,012 (-5.1%) 1,550 (-0.1%) 453 (-19.0%) 9 (-10.0%)
2019 3 2,483 (+23.4%) 1,903 (+22.8%) 565 (+24.7%) 15 (+66.7%)
2019 4 2,415 (-2.7%) 1,874 (-1.5%) 526 (-6.9%) 15 0
2019 5 2,090 (-13.5%) 1,535 (-18.1%) 550 (+4.6%) 5 (-66.7%)
2019 6 2,273 (+8.8%) 1,687 (+9.9%) 569 (+3.5%) 17 (+240.0%)
2019 7 2,551 (+12.2%) 1,874 (+11.1%) 666 (+17.0%) 11 (-35.3%)
2019 8 2,193 (-14.0%) 1,615 (-13.8%) 563 (-15.5%) 15 (+36.4%)
2019 9 2,462 (+12.3%) 1,860 (+15.2%) 596 (+5.9%) 6 (-60.0%)
2019 10 2,388 (-3.0%) 1,816 (-2.4%) 556 (-6.7%) 16 (+166.7%)
2019 11 2,167 (-9.3%) 1,576 (-13.2%) 576 (+3.6%) 15 (-6.3%)
2019 12 2,322 (+7.2%) 1,813 (+15.0%) 502 (-12.8%) 7 (-53.3%)
Table 2: Monthly figures - number of permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period

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 briefly from the second quarter of 2018 onwards. From January 2019 onwards, the number of permits for the renovation of residential buildings is again higher than the number of permits for the construction of new residential buildings, but the difference remains small. From 2003 onwards, more permits are issued for new apartments than for single 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

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