ACCORDING to figures released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, the number of building permits issued in February stood at 633 compared with the 699 issued in February 2011; a fall of 9.4%.
The total value of these permits reached €135.8 million and their total area 141.4 thousand square metres.
In February, building permits were issued for:
- Residential buildings – 410 permits
- Non-residential buildings – 131 permits
- Civil engineering projects – 43 permits
- Division of plots of land – 38 permits
- Road construction – 11 permits
Over the first two months of this year, the total area of licensed projects was 268.5 thousand square metres; a fall of 27.8% on the 371.9 thousand square metres in the first two months of 2011. Similarly, the total value of these projects in January and February fell 25.7% to €261.2 million from €351.7 million in the first two months of last year.
In February, the 410 permits were approved for the construction of 630 residential properties comprising 224 single houses and 406 multiple housing units (such as apartments and other residential complexes).
This is a fall of 33.0% compared with February 2011 when building permits were issued for the construction of 941 dwellings.
According to the Cyprus Statistical Service, building permits constitute a leading indicator of future activity in the construction sector.