Planning Permissions


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Planning permissions, including numbers of units and floor area, granted for new houses (distinguishing multi-development houses and one-off houses) and apartments, classified by region; details (new construction; extension; alteration or conversion) are provided for various categories of building - communal dwellings, crèches, etc; permissions for civil engineering projects classified by type of project.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Returns from each local authority to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.


All final grants of planning permissions or approvals which involve construction.



Reference period

Calendar quarter

Start date

2001, with 1975 for some series


3 months after the end of the reference period


  • Region (NUTS2, NUTS3)
    Border, Midland and Western (Border; Midland; West); Southern and Eastern (Dublin; Mid-East; Mid-West; South-East; South-West).
  • County or City
    The 34 administrative counties.
  • Local authority
    All county councils, city councils, borough councils, and town councils.
  • Dwelling type
    Houses (Multi-development houses; One-off houses); Apartments.
  • Building functional category
    Communal dwellings; Agriculture, Forestry, horticulture, fruit growing, viniculture and fishery; Industry and manufacturing handicraft; Office development, finance and insurance; Transport; Trade and other economic activities; Public administration and public buildings for special purposes; Health and welfare; Entertainment and recreation; Education, culture, science and research; Crèches; Hotels, restaurants and cafes; Mining, energy and water; Religious and funerary purposes; Other non-residential buildings.
  • Civil engineering project type
    Roads and runways; Railways; Specialised civil engineering; Hydraulic engineering; Water and sewerage; Land development; Electricity and communications; Pipelines; Other engineering.


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