Building permits granted in 2007

15.02.2008

The number of granted building permits trends to decrease, according to the data of the Central statistical Bureau. In 2007 5341 building permits were granted for the construction of single dwelling houses with a total area of 1171.1 thsd m2. But in the 2006 5868 permits for a total area of 1296.5thsd m2 were granted. The number of building permits granted for the construction of summerhouses and weekend houses has also decreased. In 2007 only 1073 such building permits were granted, 22% less if compared to 2006. We would like to remind that, building permits are granted for the new construction, as well as, for the capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of the buildings.

4009 building permits or 75% of the total number of building permits granted were granted for the construction of single dwelling houses. In 2006 the number of permits for the construction of new single dwelling buildings represented 78% of the total number of permits granted for the construction of this kind of buildings.

The majority of building permits for the construction of single dwelling buildings in 2007 were issued in the district of Riga, in total 1581 building permit making up 39% of the total number of such permits in the country. 353 building permits (9%) were granted in the district of Ogre, 263 (7%) in the city of Riga, 212 (5%) in the district of Jelgava, 203 (5%) in Jelgava, 134 (3%) in the district of Bauska, 131 (3%) in the district of Tukums and 119 (5%) in the city of Jūrmala.

Of the total number of building permits issued for the construction of summerhouses and weekend houses (1073 permits), 491 or 46% were granted for the construction of new summerhouses and weekend houses with a total area of 58.4 thsd m2. The majority of this type of houses is intended to be built in the district of Riga – 309 houses or 63% of the total number of summerhouses and weekend houses followed by the district of Ogre with 45 houses (9%) and the district of Jelgava (22 houses or 4%).

In 2007 536 building permits were granted for the construction of two and more dwelling houses with a total area of 1263.1 thsd m2. Of the total 536 building permits issued, 462 permits for a total area of 1137.0 thsd m2 were granted for the construction of new two or more dwelling buildings. These permits were granted in the cities of Riga, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jūŗmala, Liepāja, and Rēzekne and in the districts of Bauska, Jelgava, Krāslava, Kuldīga, Limbaži, Ogre, Preiļi, Rīga, Talsi, Tukums, and Valmiera.

In 2007 building permits were granted for the construction of 67 new hotels and other similar short-term accommodation buildings with a total area of 29.3 thsd m2, 65permits were issued for the construction of new office buildings, 93 permits for new wholesale and retail trade buildings and 46 for new traffic and communications buildings. Building permits were also granted for the construction of new production buildings and warehouses (194 building permits), as well as 54 permits for the erection of new mass entertainment, education or health care buildings.

Building permits granted for the construction of residential and non-residential buildings in 2007

2007

2007 in % over 2006

Total

Of which new construction

Total

Of which new construction

Residential buildings

Single dwelling houses

5341

4009

91

88

Summer houses and weekend houses

1073

491

78

83

Two and more dwelling houses

536

462

90

93

Residences for communities

22

5

138

250

Non-residential buildings

Hotels and similar buildings

119

67

78

81

Office buildings

240

65

76

98

Wholesale and retail trade buildings

283

93

78

81

Traffic and communication buildings

67

46

74

92

Production buildings and warehouses

370

194

100.5

102

Mass entertainment, education or health care buildings

276

54

107

108

Other non-residential buildings

1907

1434

87

86

Building permits were granted also for the civil engineering constructions. 259 building permits were granted for the construction of new highways, streets and roads, 2 building permits – for the construction of railway tracks, as well as, 194 permits for the construction of new main pipelines, communications and power transmission lines with a total length of 269.2 km. In 2007 1428 building permits were granted for the construction of new local pipelines and cables with a total length of 726.9 km.

Prepared by the Investment and Real Estate Statistics Section
Tel. 67366857
Arvīds Uibo