Building Consents Issued: November 2012

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 January 2013

Key facts

In November 2012:

  • 1,658 new dwellings were consented, including 39 apartments (all retirement village units).
  • In Canterbury, 413 new dwellings were consented, the highest monthly number for over 5 years.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of non-apartment dwellings increased by 4.6 percent, and that for new dwellings including apartments fell 5.4 percent. Apartment numbers can vary a lot from month to month. 

In the 20 months since the latest low point in March 2011, the trend for the number of new dwellings, excluding apartments, has increased by 41 percent. The trend for new dwellings including apartments has also increased over the same period, by 45 percent.

Graph, New dwellings consented, excluding apartments, monthly, September 2005 to November 2012.    

In November 2012 compared with November 2011:

  • The number of new non-apartment dwellings consented increased by 27 percent to 1,619.
  • Canterbury region had the largest increase in the number of new dwellings consented, up 171.  
  • The value of consents for all buildings rose 15 percent to $1,053 million.  


Colin Lynch
Acting Government Statistician

9 January 2013
ISSN 1178-0231