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Residential Building Permits: Q1/2023
NR084/2023
Release Date: 15 May 2023
Cut Off Date: 31 March 2023
Building permits are authorisations to initiate new building projects. The objective of these statistics is to indicate the future development of construction activity in terms of the number of approved new dwellings.

Approved residential building permits and dwellings

During the first quarter of 2023, 496 building permits for a total of 2,540 new dwellings were approved (Chart 1). When compared to the corresponding quarter of 2022, the number of building permits decreased by 18.6 per cent while the number of approved new dwellings decreased by 20.7 per cent. The average number of approved new dwellings per building permit stood at 5.1 (Chart 1).

Map 1. Number of approved new dwellings, by locality (LAU 2): Q1/2023
Q1_2023 Map 1

Note: Għajnsielem and Comino are classified as one locality. However, no building permits were approved in Comino.

Chart 1. Building permits and approved new dwellings by period

NR 084_2023 Chart 1

Approved new dwellings by type1

The majority of new dwellings approved during the first quarter of 2023 were apartments (1,819), followed by penthouses (393), maisonettes (224), terraced houses (74) and other residential units1 (30) (Table 1). Apartments accounted for 71.6 per cent of the total number of approved new dwellings (Chart 2).

Chart 2. Distribution of approved new dwellings by type

Quarter 1 - 2023

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Approved new dwellings by district

When compared to the corresponding quarter of 2022, the number of new dwellings approved in Malta and Gozo and Comino decreased by 18.9 per cent and 29.0 per cent respectively. The highest number of approved new dwellings was registered in the Northern district (599) while the lowest number was recorded in the Southern Harbour district (270) (Table 2).

Approved new dwellings by locality2

The highest number of approved new dwellings were issued for San Pawl Il-Baħar (178). This was followed by In-Naxxar (121), Il-Mellieħa (120), Ħal Balzan (111) and both Birkirkara and Żebbuġ (100) (Chart 3).

Chart 3. Approved new dwellings by locality

Quarter 1 - 2023

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1 “Other” dwellings type includes bungalows, farmhouses and villas.
2 Only the top 35 localities are shown in Chart 3. The full list of approved new dwellings by locality may be viewed in the corresponding table.
Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Methodological Notes

1. The data source of this News Release is the Maltese Planning Authority. It includes approved building permits for the:
●  construction of approved new dwellings
●  change of use from non-residential buildings to residential ones
 
2. Building permits for dwelling extensions, restorations, alterations, or demolitions that have no effect on the number of new dwellings are not included in this news release.
 
3. Definitions:
● Building permit: An authorisation to start work on a building project. It can include more than one approved new dwelling.
● Dwelling: A room or suite of rooms and its accessories in a permanent building or structurally separated part thereof which by the way it has been built, rebuilt and converted, is intended for private habitation.
 
4.  More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:
European statistics comparable to data in this News Release.
 
 
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Residential Building Permits: Q1/2023
NR084/2023
Release Date: 15 May 2023
Cut Off Date: 31 March 2023
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  • During the first quarter of 2023, 496 building permits for a total of 2,540 new dwellings were approved.
  • When compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the number of approved new dwellings decreased by 20.7 per cent. Dwellings approved in Malta, and Gozo and Comino decreased by 18.9 per cent and 29.0 per cent respectively.
  • Apartments made up 71.6 per cent of the total number of approved new dwellings.
  • The highest number of approved new dwellings (178) was registered in San Pawl Il-Baħar.
Graphical Illustration of MALTA by NUTS Classification

Districts classification

Southern Harbour
Valletta, Il-Birgu, L-Isla, Bormla, Ħaż-Żabbar, Il-Fgura, Il-Furjana, Il-Kalkara, Ħal Luqa, Il-Marsa, Raħal Ġdid,
Santa Luċija, Ħal Tarxien, Ix-Xgħajra.

Northern Harbour
Ħal Qormi, Birkirkara, Il-Gżira, Il-Ħamrun, L-Imsida, Pembroke, Tal-Pieta’, San Ġiljan, San Ġwann,
Santa Venera, Tas-Sliema, Is-Swieqi, Ta’ Xbiex.

South Eastern
Iż-Żejtun, Birżebbuġa, Il-Gudja, Ħal Għaxaq, Ħal Kirkop, Marsaskala, Marsaxlokk, L-Imqabba, Il-Qrendi, Ħal Safi,
Iż-Żurrieq.

Western
L-Imdina, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Is-Siġġiewi, Ħ‘Attard, Ħal Balzan, Ħad-Dingli, L-Iklin, Ħal Lija, Ir-Rabat, L-Imtarfa.

Northern
Ħal Għargħur, Il-Mellieħa, L-Imġarr, Il-Mosta, In-Naxxar, San Pawl il-Baħar.

Gozo and Comino
Ir-Rabat, Għawdex, Il-Fontana, Għajnsielem and Comino, L-Għarb, L-Għasri, Ta’ Kerċem, Il-Munxar,
In-Nadur, Il-Qala, San Lawrenz, Ta’ Sannat, Ix-Xagħra, Ix-Xewkija, Iż-Żebbuġ.

Graphical Illustration of MALTA by LAU2 Classification

District-map
Key
1 Valletta 18 Floriana 35 Marsaskala 52 San Ġiljan
2 L-Imdina 19 Il-Fontana 36 Marsaxlokk 53 San Ġwann
3 Il-Birgu 20 Il-Gudja 37 Il-Mellieħa 54 San Lawrenz
4 L-Isla 21 Il-Gżira 38 L-Imġarr 55 San Pawl Il-Baħar
5 Bormla 22 Għajnsielem and Comino 39 Il-Mosta 56 Ta' Sannat
6 Ħal Qormi 23 L-Għarb 40 L-Imqabba 57 Santa Luċija
7 Ħaż-Żebbuġ 24 Ħal Għargħur 41 L-Imsida 58 Santa Venera
8 Ħaż-Żabbar 25 L-Għasri 42 Il-Munxar 59 Tas-Sliema
9 Is-Siġġiewi 26 Ħal Għaxaq 43 In-Nadur 60 Is-Swieqi
10 Iż-Żejtun 27 Il-Ħamrun 44 In-Naxxar 61 Ta' Xbiex
11 Ir-Rabat, Għawdex 28 L-Iklin 45 Raħal Ġdid 62 Ħal Tarxien
12 Ħ'Attard 29 Il-Kalkara 46 Pembroke 63 Ix-Xagħra
13 Ħal Balzan 30 Ta' Kerċem 47 Tal-Pieta' 64 Ix-Xewkija
14 Birkirkara 31 Ħal Kirkop 48 Il-Qala 65 Ix-Xgħajra
15 Birżebbuġa 32 Ħal Lija 49 Il-Qrendi 66 Iż-Żebbuġ, Għawdex
16 Ħad-Dingli 33 Ħal Luqa 50 Ir-Rabat, Malta 67 Iż-Żurrieq
17 Il-Fgura 34 Il-Marsa 51 Ħal Safi 68 L-Imtarfa
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