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Fewer building permits

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In the 2nd quarter of 2017, building permission was given for 9 500 dwellings with a total 1.2 million square metres of utility floor space. This is 3 per cent less dwellings than the same quarter last year.

The greatest decrease in building permissions for dwellings is within detached houses, which decreased by 31 per cent compared to the 2nd quarter of 2016. Dwellings in multi-dwelling houses have, however, experienced a 19 per cent increase in the same period, according to the Building statistics.

Figure 1. Registered building permissions. Number of dwellings, seasonally adjusted and trend

Number of dwellings, seasonally adjustet Number of dwellings, trend
Q1.2000 5704 5498
Q2.2000 5154 5503
Q3.2000 5921 5868
Q4.2000 6505 6431
Q1.2001 6523 6567
Q2.2001 6503 6511
Q3.2001 6376 6332
Q4.2001 5960 5978
Q1.2002 5677 5719
Q2.2002 5705 5666
Q3.2002 5650 5655
Q4.2002 5643 5686
Q1.2003 5756 5653
Q2.2003 5484 5597
Q3.2003 5734 5640
Q4.2003 5881 5956
Q1.2004 5774 6605
Q2.2004 8538 7399
Q3.2004 7801 7787
Q4.2004 7690 7636
Q1.2005 7385 7571
Q2.2005 7878 7630
Q3.2005 7626 7886
Q4.2005 8462 8364
Q1.2006 8682 8532
Q2.2006 7909 8008
Q3.2006 7816 7997
Q4.2006 8726 8451
Q1.2007 8503 8719
Q2.2007 8761 8605
Q3.2007 8164 8226
Q4.2007 7503 7418
Q1.2008 6490 6907
Q2.2008 6947 6878
Q3.2008 6823 6722
Q4.2008 5960 6044
Q1.2009 5331 5280
Q2.2009 4762 4835
Q3.2009 4778 4742
Q4.2009 4909 4967
Q1.2010 5166 4991
Q2.2010 4757 4924
Q3.2010 5267 5192
Q4.2010 6010 6183
Q1.2011 7323 7122
Q2.2011 7192 7099
Q3.2011 6347 6640
Q4.2011 6791 6481
Q1.2012 6540 6857
Q2.2012 7836 7792
Q3.2012 8613 8243
Q4.2012 7269 7855
Q1.2013 7768 7420
Q2.2013 7084 7315
Q3.2013 7454 7457
Q4.2013 7845 7636
Q1.2014 6275 7406
Q2.2014 7506 7033
Q3.2014 6643 6730
Q4.2014 6700 6807
Q1.2015 7480 7327
Q2.2015 7604 7645
Q3.2015 7780 7846
Q4.2015 8161 7950
Q1.2016 7998 8361
Q2.2016 9407 9120
Q3.2016 9560 9628
Q4.2016 9539 9568
Q1.2017 9504 9446
Q2.2017 9225 9261

Seasonally-adjusted figures

Building start permits for new dwellings decreased by 3 per cent from the 1st quarter 2017 to the 2nd quarter of 2017, according to seasonally-adjusted figures.

Figures vary considerably from quarter to quarter. The long-term trend shows good growth in the number of building permits since the 3rd quarter of 2014, with a decrease the last three quarters.

For other than residential buildings, seasonal figures show a decrease of 12 per cent in permits for utility floor space, compared to the 1st quarter this year.

Figure 2. Registered building permissions. Non-residential utility floor space, seasonally adjusted and trend

Non-residential utility floor space, seasonally adjusted Non-residential utility floor space, trend
Q1.2000 1040589 975491
Q2.2000 812570 889812
Q3.2000 939181 933269
Q4.2000 1089635 1016575
Q1.2001 1013659 1079698
Q2.2001 1107874 1046404
Q3.2001 991474 979852
Q4.2001 834512 933913
Q1.2002 988634 939694
Q2.2002 959159 967828
Q3.2002 988896 947055
Q4.2002 839107 875982
Q1.2003 840911 818489
Q2.2003 799402 838875
Q3.2003 900140 923831
Q4.2003 1095023 1008988
Q1.2004 964039 1036017
Q2.2004 1162709 1017417
Q3.2004 949745 999672
Q4.2004 1072037 1022913
Q1.2005 1018824 1080377
Q2.2005 1189617 1151419
Q3.2005 1217589 1196950
Q4.2005 1185780 1223420
Q1.2006 1244233 1228206
Q2.2006 1243476 1226839
Q3.2006 1224812 1238222
Q4.2006 1229577 1261799
Q1.2007 1391470 1326730
Q2.2007 1338774 1426337
Q3.2007 1575122 1520997
Q4.2007 1585630 1557083
Q1.2008 1544961 1567100
Q2.2008 1499062 1570551
Q3.2008 1676469 1588386
Q4.2008 1509783 1536641
Q1.2009 1419814 1363882
Q2.2009 1158192 1188599
Q3.2009 1038657 1129802
Q4.2009 1309970 1243674
Q1.2010 1336073 1405916
Q2.2010 1668014 1458723
Q3.2010 1289630 1453409
Q4.2010 1413722 1431100
Q1.2011 1560686 1393178
Q2.2011 1214459 1366977
Q3.2011 1345608 1319091
Q4.2011 1372207 1313110
Q1.2012 1286746 1359359
Q2.2012 1362383 1368886
Q3.2012 1711062 1327609
Q4.2012 1162412 1272099
Q1.2013 1197817 1254280
Q2.2013 1473290 1285448
Q3.2013 1286554 1325689
Q4.2013 1276956 1320227
Q1.2014 1374962 1308847
Q2.2014 1281566 1316191
Q3.2014 1288764 1305201
Q4.2014 1340199 1290544
Q1.2015 1244117 1282692
Q2.2015 1283496 1279672
Q3.2015 1297840 1283007
Q4.2015 1325649 1320510
Q1.2016 1317002 1388169
Q2.2016 1540756 1455217
Q3.2016 1485339 1501201
Q4.2016 1450146 1494519
Q1.2017 1538290 1452708
Q2.2017 1360727 1440545

Oslo and Akershus in the lead

The counties of Oslo and Akershus had the most building permits granted, with 2 057 and 1 071 dwellings respectively. The county of Hordaland was third, with 972 dwellings.

Decrease in industrial sector

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, building permission were given for 1.1 million metres of utility floor space in industrial buildings. This is a decrease of 12 per cent compared with the 2nd quarter of 2016.

719 new dwellings in old buildings

A total of 719 new dwellings were registered from rebuilding projects. Of these, 232 were the result of rebuilding existing residential buildings, while 487 were from industrial buildings.

478 demolished dwellings

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, a total of 478 dwellings were demolished, of which 329 were detached houses. For other than residential buildings, 3 492 buildings were demolished, 1 649 buildings in the industrial sector were pulled down, and 240 holiday homes and 1 603 private garages were demolished.

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