Building permits

Building permits: January 2021

Housing
Building permits: January 2021

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the figures on building permits until January 2021.

Monthly evolution

This month, building permits were issued for 2,502 new residential buildings. Compared to December 2020, this is an increase of 4.6%. 

In the Flemish Region, 1,896 permits were issued for new residential buildings, i.e. an increase of 3.1%. 

The number of permits issued for new residential buildings has increased by 11.2% to 597 in the Walloon Region.

In the Brussels-Capital Region, the number of permits issued for new residential buildings decreased to 9.

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

Year Month Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2020 1 2,564   1,921   630 0.0% 13  
2020 2 2,431 (-5.2%) 1,944 (+1.2%) 472 (-25.1%) 14 (+7.7%)
2020 3 3,182 (+30.9%) 2,565 (+31.9%) 603 (+27.8%) 14 (0.0%)
2020 4 2,176 (-31.6%) 1,506 (-41.3%) 647 (+7.3%) 22 (+57.1%)
2020 5 1,738 (-20.1%) 1,273 (-15.5%) 457 (-29.4%) 8 (-63.6%)
2020 6 2,293 (+31.9%) 1,828 (+43.6%) 460 (+0.7%) 5 (-37.5%)
2020 7 2,245 (-2.1%) 1,637 (-10.4%) 595 (+29.3%) 13 (+160.0%)
2020 8 2,446 (+9.0%) 1,739 (+6.2%) 703 (+18.2%) 5 (-61.5%)
2020 9 2,311 (-5.5%) 1,706 (-1.9%) 585 (-16.8%) 19 (+280.0%)
2020 10 2,636 (+14.1%) 2,029 (+18.9%) 591 (+1.0%) 16 (-15.8%)
2020 11 2,232 (-15.3%) 1,669 (-17.7%) 559 (-5.4%) 4 (-75.0%)
2020 12 2,393 (+7.2%) 1,839 (+10.2%) 537 (-3.9%) 17 (+325.0%)
2021 1 2,502 (+4.6%) 1,896 (+3.1%) 597 (+11.2%) 9 (-47.1%)
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 February 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. In recent months, new buildings and renovations have been on the same level.

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.  Afterwards, the difference has been increasing again in favour of the apartments.  In recent months, the difference has narrowed again.

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

Formen

Metadata

AR

Arrêté royal

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