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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

January to October 2020: 3.4% more approved apartments than in the same period of the previous year

Press release 505 from December 14, 2020

WIESBADEN – In October 2020, the construction of 30,631 apartments in Germany was approved. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was 3.6% less than in October 2019. For the period from January to October 2020, there is an increase of 3.4% compared to the same period of the previous year. The figures include both building permits for new buildings and construction work on existing buildings.

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Almost a quarter more approved two-family houses than in the same month last year

In October 2020, 25,929 apartments were approved in new residential buildings. This was 5.7% or 1,554 dwellings fewer than in the same month of the previous year. In the case of two-family houses, the number of approved apartments rose by 444 or 23.6%. This is the highest increase in October in the past 20 years. The number of building permits for single-family houses rose by 1.7% (135 apartments) and those for multi-family houses fell by 10.8% (1,801 apartments).

Less built-in space in planned non-residential buildings

In the case of non-residential buildings, which were approved in October 2020, the enclosed space (volume) increased by 23.0% compared to the same month of the previous year to 22.9 million cubic meters. This is largely due to the sharp increase in warehouse buildings. In addition to warehouses, non-residential buildings also include, for example, factory buildings, office and administration buildings or agricultural buildings. In the months of January to October 2020, the converted space in non-residential buildings increased by 9.6% compared to the same period of the previous year.

Number of new permits still higher than number of completions

The number of building permits is an important early indicator for assessing future construction activity, as building permits represent planned construction projects. However, the number of construction projects that have not yet started or not yet completed (the so-called construction overhang) has been increasing for several years. The actual development of construction activity is represented by the development of building completions. The Federal Statistical Office published results on the construction completions and the construction overhang in 2019 in Press release No. 199 from June 4, 2020 released.

Building permits for apartments by type of building
Building type
Approved apartments
October
Change compared to the previous month
2020
2019
absolutely
in %
Residential and non-residential buildings (all construction measures)
30 631
31 785
-1 154
-3.6
New buildings to be constructed
26 760
28 311
-1 551
-5.5
from that:
Residential buildings
25 929
27 483
-1 554
-5.7
with 1 apartment
8 019
7 884
135
1.7
with 2 apartments
2,326
1 882
444
23.6
with 3 or more apartments
14 828
16 629
-1 801
-10.8
Dormitories
756
1 088
-332
-30.5
including:
Condominiums
6 500
7 645
-1 145
-15.0
Non-residential buildings
831
828
3
0.4
Construction work on existing buildings
3 871
3 474
397
11.4
Enclosed space for approved new non-residential buildings according to building type and owner
Building type
Enclosed space (1,000 m3 volume)
October
Change compared to the previous month
2020
2019
absolutely
in %
Non-residential buildings
22 889
18 610
4,279
23.0
from that:
Institution building
475
752
-277
-36.8
Office and administration building
1 814
2 021
-207
-10.2
Farm buildings
2 273
2 026
247
12.2
Non-agricultural farm buildings
16 177
11 806
4,371
37.0
including:
Factory and workshop building
3 396
3 036
360
11.9
Commercial building
785
2 095
-1 310
-62.5
Warehouse building
10 139
4 685
5 454
116.4
Hotels and restaurants
742
720
22nd
3.1
Other non-residential buildings
2 150
2 005
145
7.2
Public builders
2 236
2,638
-402
-15.2
Non-public builders
20 653
15 973
4,680
29.3

Detailed data and long time series on building permits, building completions and building overhangs can be found in the tables 31111, 31121 as well as the tables 31131 can be called up from the GENESIS-Online database.

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