Building permits

Building permits: June 2022

Housing
Building permits: June 2022

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the figures on building permits until June 2022.

Annual evolution

The number of permits issued for new residential buildings in the first 6 months of 2022 has decreased by 6.3% to 15,758 buildings compared to the same period in 2021.

The decrease in the Flemish Region amounted to 4.7%. The number of permits issued for new residential buildings was 11.2% lower in the Walloon Region and in the Brussels-Capital Region the level remained the same.

  Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2005 16,129   11,317   4,610   202  
2010 17,369 (+7.7%) 12,565 (+11.0%) 4,681 (+1.5%) 123 (-39.1%)
2015 10,947 (-37.0%) 7,697 (-38.7%) 3,145 (-32.8%) 105 (-14.6%)
2016 13,660 (+24.8%) 10,407 (+35.2%) 3,140 (-0.2%) 113 (+7.6%)
2017 10,654 (-22.0%) 7,031 (-32.4%) 3,526 (+12.3%) 97 (-14.2%)
2018 16,341 (+53.4%) 12,831 (+82.5%) 3,425 (-2.9%) 85 (-12.4%)
2019 13,375 (-18.2%) 10,106 (-21.2%) 3,195 (-6.7%) 74 (-12.9%)
2020 14,377 (+7.5%) 11,037 (+9.2%) 3,270 (+2.3%) 70 (-5.4%)
2021 16,823 (+17.0%) 12,464 (+12.9%) 4,270 (+30.6%) 89 (+27.1%)
2022 15,758 (-6.3%) 11,877 (-4.7%) 3,792 (-11.2%) 89 (0.0%)
(Figures for the first 6 months - number of building permits for new residential buildings + evolution compared to the previous period)

Monthly evolution

For the most recent month available, June 2022, building permits were issued for 2,359 new residential buildings. Compared to May 2022, this is a decrease of 13.5%. In the Flemish Region, the decrease was 10.1%, which means that permits were issued for 1,792 buildings. The number of permits issued for new residential buildings has decreased by 22.1% to 559 in the Walloon Region. In the Brussels-Capital Region, the number of permits issued for new residential buildings went from 15 to 8.

  Month Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
2021 1 2,550   1,897   641   12  
2021 2 2,428 (-4.8%) 1,822 (-4.0%) 592 (-7.6%) 14 (+16.7%)
2021 3 3,561 (+46.7%) 2,648 (+45.3%) 890 (+50.3%) 23 (+64.3%)
2021 4 2,677 (-24.8%) 1,937 (-26.9%) 731 (-17.9%) 9 (-60.9%)
2021 5 2,658 (-0.7%) 1,954 (+0.9%) 693 (-5.2%) 11 (+22.2%)
2021 6 2,949 (+10.9%) 2,206 (+12.9%) 723 (+4.3%) 20 (+81.8%)
2021 7 2,537 (-14.0%) 1,871 (-15.2%) 639 (-11.6%) 27 (+35.0%)
2021 8 2,497 (-1.6%) 1,867 (-0.2%) 618 (-3.3%) 12 (-55.6%)
2021 9 2,558 (+2.4%) 1,922 (+2.9%) 629 (+1.8%) 7 (-41.7%)
2021 10 2,558 0.0% 1,989 (+3.5%) 557 (-11.4%) 12 (+71.4%)
2021 11 2,479 (-3.1%) 1,705 (-14.3%) 767 (+37.7%) 7 (-41.7%)
2021 12 2,335 (-5.8%) 1,704 (-0.1%) 621 (-19.0%) 10 (+42.9%)
2022 1 2,494 (+6.8%) 1,914 (+12.3%) 555 (-10.6%) 25 (+150.0%)
2022 2 2,447 (-1.9%) 1,862 (-2.7%) 570 (+2.7%) 15 (-40.0%)
2022 3 3,479 (+42.2%) 2,722 (+46.2%) 740 (+29.8%) 17 (+13.3%)
2022 4 2,252 (-35.3%) 1,593 (-41.5%) 650 (-12.2%) 9 (-47.1%)
2022 5 2,727 (+21.1%) 1,994 (+25.2%) 718 (+10.5%) 15 (+66.7%)
2022 6 2,359 (-13.5%) 1,792 (-10.1%) 559 (-22.1%) 8 (-46.7%)
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.

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. The difference is the greatest in 2018. From 2019 onwards, the gap narrows again. In recent months, both have been at about the same level.

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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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