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Building permits up 3.2 per cent

The number of building permits authorised in Cyprus during November 2015 increased compared to the number authorised during the same period in 2014, while both their total area and value fell.

Cyprus building permits increase THE NUMBER of building permits authorised during November 2015 stood at 421 compared with the 408 authorised in November 2014; an increase of 3.2%, according to the latest figures from the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Compared with November 2014, the total area of these permits fell 17.0% to 64,285 square metres from 77,428, while their value fell 17.4% to €69.4 million from €84.0 million.

During November 2015, building permits were issued for:

  • Residential buildings – 287 permits
  • Non-residential buildings – 90 permits
  • Civil engineering projects – 10 permits
  • Division of plots of land – 22 permits
  • Road construction – 12 permits

During the first eleven months of 2015 the number of building permits authorised for both residential and non-residential projects has fallen by 0.2% to 4,581 compared with the 4,588 authorised in the first ten months of 2014, while their value has risen by 14.5% to €915.5 million and their area has increased by 10.9% to 799.5 thousand square metres.

Building permits – new home construction

The 287 residential permits approved in November provided for the construction of 255 new dwellings comprising 152 single dwellings and 103 multiple dwelling units (such as apartments, semis, townhouses and other residential complexes).

This is an increase of 6.7% compared with November 2014 when building permits were issued for the construction of 239 new dwellings.

Building Permits Issued for the Construction of
New Homes (Number of Dwellings)

Month2014
(Dwellings)
2015
(Dwellings)
Increase/
Decrease
%age
Change
January1752042916.6%
February22938415567.7%
March19329710453.9%
April254147-107-42.1%
May2232765323.8%
June277239-38-13.7%
July19633714171.9%
August227199-28-12.3%
September30831461.9%
October271290197.0%
November239255166.7%
Total2,5922,94235013.5%

According to the Cyprus Statistical Service, building permits constitute a leading indicator of future activity in the construction sector.

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