Building permits

Building permits: January 2019

Housing
Building permits: January 2019

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

This month, building permits were issued for 2,100 new residential buildings. Compared to December 2018, this is a decrease of 0.4 %. 

In the Flemish Region, 1,547 permits were issued for new residential buildings, i.e. a decrease of 7.5 %. 

The number of permits issued for new residential buildings has increased by 28.4 % to 543 in the Walloon Region.

In the Brussels-Capital Region, the number of permits issued for new residential buildings has decreased to 10 (-23.1 % compared to the previous month).

Year Month Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2018 1 2.382   1.714   651   17  
2018 2 2.482 (+4,2%) 2.028 (+18,3%) 434 (-33,3%) 20 (+17,6%)
2018 3 3.254 (+31,1%) 2.635 (+29,9%) 603 (+38,9%) 16 (-20,0%)
2018 4 3.188 (-2,0%) 2.632 (-0,1%) 544 (-9,8%) 12 (-25,0%)
2018 5 2.823 (-11,4%) 2.238 (-15,0%) 575 (+5,7%) 10 (-16,7%)
2018 6 2.196 (-22,2%) 1.546 (-30,9%) 640 (+11,3%) 10 0,0%
2018 7 2.001 (-8,9%) 1.425 (-7,8%) 562 (-12,2%) 14 (+40,0%)
2018 8 1.935 (-3,3%) 1.344 (-5,7%) 583 (+3,7%) 8 (-42,9%)
2018 9 2.050 (+5,9%) 1.621 (+20,6%) 415 (-28,8%) 13 (+62,5%)
2018 10 2.159 (+5,3%) 1.651 (+1,9%) 495 (+19,3%) 12 (-7,7%)
2018 11 2.120 (-1,8%) 1.487 (-9,9%) 620 (+25,3%) 13 (+8,3%)
2018 12 2.108 (-0,6%) 1.672 (+12,4%) 423 (-31,8%) 13 0,0%
2019 1 2.100 (-0,4%) 1.547 (-7,5%) 543 (+28,4%) 10 (-23,1%)
(Monthly figures - number of permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period)

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

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