THE CONSTRUCTION of 1,107 new homes was authorised in December 2018 compared to the 504 authorised in December 2018 according to official statistics from the Cyprus Statistical Service; an increase of 119.6%.
Th strong growth in the island’s construction sector continued in December 2019 with 647 building permits issued compared to 479 in December 2018.
The total value of these permits rose by 171.7% to reach €431.2 million, while their total area rose by 108.9% to reach 292.3 thousand square metres compared to December 2018.
The permits provided for the construction of 1,107 new homes, an increase of 119.6% compared to 504 in December 2018.
During December 2019, the 647 building permits were authorised for:
- Residential buildings – 470
- Non-residential buildings – 90
- Civil engineering projects – 32
- Division of plots of land – 37
- Road construction – 18
Building permits for new homes
The 470 residential building permits provided for the construction of 1,107 new homes (dwellings). These comprised 356 single houses, an increase of 65.6% compared to the 215 authorised in December 2018, and 751 multiple housing units including apartments, semis, townhouses and other residential complexes; a massive 159.9% rise compared to the 289 authorised in December 2018.
Building Permits Issued for the Construction of New Homes
(Number of Dwellings)
|Month||2018 (Dwellings)||2019 (Dwellings)||Increase/Decrease||%age Change|
Of those 1,107 new homes, 645 are destined for Limassol, 201 for Nicosia, 104 for Larnaca, 80 for Paphos and 77 for Famagusta.
Annual construction figures
A total of 7,218 building permits were authorised during 2019, compared to 6,408 in 2018. Their total value increased by 81.4% and their total area by 49.8%. The number of building permits authorised for new homes rose by 55.2%.
The 5,197 residential building permits authorised in 2019 provided for the construction of 9,627 new homes; 4,108 in Limassol, 2,875 in Nicosia, 1,158 in Larnaca, 1,084 in Paphos and 402 in Famagusta.
According to the Cyprus Statistical Service, building permits constitute a leading indicator of future activity in the construction sector.