Annual number of new homes consented rises

The annual number of new homes consented in the year ended January 2021 was 39,881, up 5.8 percent from the year ended January 2020, Stats NZ said today.

The all-time high for any 12-month period was 40,025 in the year ended February 1974, which is 144 more than the current year-ended figure.

The number of new homes consented per 1,000 residents in the year ended January 2021 was 7.8. The record was in 1973 at 13.4 when the population was around 3 million.

These numbers have mainly been driven by an increase in consents for multi-unit homes, which includes apartments, townhouses, and flats.

“Consents for stand-alone houses have remained relatively flat in recent years, whereas multi-unit homes have increased significantly,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

Year endedStand-alone housesMulti-unit homes
Jan-10118022853
Feb-10122392732
Mar-10126542727
Apr-10130852687
May-10133772517
Jun-10136982469
Jul-10138222604
Aug-10138992561
Sep-10137792513
Oct-10135832408
Nov-10133992562
Dec-10130662536
Jan-11128422585
Feb-11124602565
Mar-11120792532
Apr-11117112427
May-11115052412
Jun-11111332406
Jul-11109352301
Aug-11109892527
Sep-11109242576
Oct-11109922623
Nov-11110592470
Dec-11111122550
Jan-12112612632
Feb-12114942630
Mar-12118472749
Apr-12120212878
May-12122792853
Jun-12124972917
Jul-12126523070
Aug-12127402986
Sep-12129833017
Oct-12132683133
Nov-12135473128
Dec-12137333196
Jan-13140273116
Feb-13142573224
Mar-13143213076
Apr-13147133209
May-13150243497
Jun-13152333550
Jul-13156123586
Aug-13158193614
Sep-13161073668
Oct-13163323695
Nov-13163854251
Dec-13167214569
Jan-14169454677
Feb-14171654683
Mar-14174914881
Apr-14175145185
May-14176755178
Jun-14179245392
Jul-14180235682
Aug-14180525964
Sep-14180316108
Oct-14181756225
Nov-14182956258
Dec-14183596358
Jan-15181486628
Feb-15180046762
Mar-15180127026
Apr-15180037065
May-15179057209
Jun-15179177237
Jul-15181327564
Aug-15182667662
Sep-15185557630
Oct-15185987784
Nov-15188237970
Dec-15190388094
Jan-16191837941
Feb-16195468199
Mar-16197218068
Apr-16200987940
May-16204677920
Jun-16208288269
Jul-16207908294
Aug-16211888439
Sep-16212998700
Oct-16213698856
Nov-16213919008
Dec-16213108756
Jan-17212778846
Feb-17213268836
Mar-17214349192
Apr-17211799192
May-17212629383
Jun-17210909363
Jul-17212299175
Aug-17212399497
Sep-17211909702
Oct-17211949672
Nov-17211789945
Dec-172102210065
Jan-182114910102
Feb-182105210193
Mar-182088210510
Apr-182100911006
May-182113711491
Jun-182117611684
Jul-182100711843
Aug-182086211897
Sep-182069211856
Oct-182091812007
Nov-182105711726
Dec-182112511871
Jan-192127012306
Feb-192142012842
Mar-192161612900
Apr-192166112731
May-192150913200
Jun-192143813366
Jul-192180813664
Aug-192188613776
Sep-192195714493
Oct-192206214874
Nov-192205914995
Dec-192226915358
Jan-202232815367
Feb-202250815374
Mar-202229115326
Apr-202199615190
May-202191515109
Jun-202214115473
Jul-202197815607
Aug-202182015656
Sep-202212815606
Oct-202194716034
Nov-202199716627
Dec-202221217208
Jan-212211517766

There were 3,025 new homes consented in the January 2021 month, up 18 percent from January 2020. This was boosted by a large project in excess of $100 million in Auckland, with 276 apartment units being recorded in January. See Greys Ave overview for more information.

The seasonally adjusted number of new homes in January 2021 rose 2.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted number of stand-alone houses fell 3.8 percent.

The rise in residential consent numbers mirrors the increased number of people employed in the construction industry in 2020. See High rises in construction jobs for more information.

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