21.7% more building permits in 2011

Permits for the construction of 228 400 residential units were issued in Germany in the year 2011. As announced by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was 21.7% or 40 700 units more than in 2010. In other words, the positive trend observed in 2010 (+ 5.5% over 2009) has not only continued but even accelerated significantly in the course of 2011.

Of all the residential units approved last year, 200 100 were dwellings in apartment complexes (+ 21.6% over 2010). The increase in building permits for dwellings in multi-family houses (+ 26.8%) was even higher than the rise in permits for single-family homes (+ 19.6%) and duplexes (+ 7.3%).

The cubic volume covered by permits for new non-residential buildings increased by 11.2% in 2011, to 213.6 million m3. This was mainly attributable to a greater number of permits for private builder-owners (up 16.0% to 196.7 million m3), while those issued to the public sector dropped 24.7% to 16.9 million m3.

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