Building Consents Issued: January 2013

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 February 2013

Key facts

In January 2013:

  • The seasonally adjusted number of new non-apartment dwellings consented increased 9.6 percent.
  • 1,312 new dwellings (including 58 apartments) were consented.
  • The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is 50 percent higher than in March 2011.  
  • Together, Auckland and Canterbury regions continued to contribute over half the national total of new dwellings consented.

Auckland and other North Island regions provided all of the new dwellings growth in January 2013, compared with January 2012.

Graph, New dwellings consented, excluding apartments, monthly, December 2005 to January 2013.


The value of all residential building consents was $517 million, 34 percent higher than in January 2012. This included a $39 million (58 percent) increase in the value of dwelling alterations and additions.

Non-residential building work consented in January 2013 was valued at $223 million, down 1.4 percent from January 2012.

Clare Ward
Acting Government Statistician

28 February 2013
ISSN 1178-0231