Ireland - Residential Building Permits

Ireland: Residential Building Permits

Unit #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 17.23 %
Data 2022 Q4 1,460
2022 Q3 1,764

Series Information

Source Central Statistics Office (CSO)
Release Planning Permissions
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1977
End Date 12/31/2022

Ireland: Real Estate

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
House Price Index Jan 2023 168.11 168.53 Index 2015=100, SA Monthly
Building Permits 2022 Q4 5,691 6,743 #, NSA Quarterly
Residential Building Completions 2022 Q4 9,148 7,415 #, NSA Quarterly
Residential Building Permits 2022 Q4 1,460 1,764 #, NSA Quarterly
Dwelling Stocks 2021 2,081 2,065 Ths. # Annual
Building Completions 2017 Q1 3,896 4,425 #, NSA Quarterly
House Price Value for Existing Homes 2016 Q4 292,457 284,332 EUR, NSA Quarterly
House Price Value for New Homes 2016 Q4 323,875 305,300 EUR, NSA Quarterly

Release Information

For Ireland, planning permissions measures the number of construction activities that are granted final permission by the local government. The Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 2000 require that the majority of construction activities obtain planning permission. All local governments then supply every request for planning permission that has been granted. 


  • Measurements:
    • Unitary count (#)
    • Square meters (Sqm, m2)
    • Thousands of square meters (Ths. Sqm, Ths. m2)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Quarterly
  • Start dates:
    • National - 1975Q1, 1977Q1 or 2001Q1
    • Subnational - Uniformly 2018Q1
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country
    • NUTS 2016 level 2 area (IIRL_^^)
    • NUTS 2016 level 3 area (IIRL_^^^)
    • CSO administrative county (IIRL_nnnn)


  • NUTS 2013 areas - 2001 to 2017

Name of survey: Planning Permissions

Purpose: to supply a short term indicator on planning permissions

Target population: all new constructions/developments in Ireland

Survey size: about 3000 to 5000 per quarter

Variables collected: number of units, description, floor area

The following permissions are excluded since they do not entail construction per se:

Changes of a technical and business nature as distinct from a building or structural nature, Outline permission, Retention of an existing building, Changes to existing plan, Bye-law permission, Refusals - permissions subsequently granted on appeal by An Bord Pleanála are included.

Communal dwellings - orphanages, convents, abbeys, monasteries, dormitory building and homes for nurses/medical staff

Data for floor area is rounded and may not sum to the total

Moody's Analytics supplements

For national count of permits, we compute seasonally adjusted (SAAR) counterparts using X-13ARIMA-SEATS.