House-building activity
gathering strength and pace

This latest edition of our Monthly Housing Activity Report shows that housing construction activity is continuing to gather strength and pace.

This monthly report draws together the most up-to-date data on residential planning permissions, housing commencements and completions, and social housing output.

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The report is available to download below.


The latest available data tells us:

  • Planning permissions for 17,934 new homes were granted in the twelve month period to end March 2017 (up 39% year on year).
  • Commencement Notices for 15,579 new homes nationwide were submitted in the twelve month period to end May 2017 (up 42% year on year).   During the month of May, 2,053 new homes were included on commencement notices submitted to Local Authorities.  This is the highest monthly return seen since March 2014, when the current data-series began.
  • The level of ESB connections to the National Gridreached 16,340 homes across the country, a 19% increase year on year.   7,047 of these homes are in the Greater Dublin Area, which has seen a 33% increase in ESB connections year on year.