Number of building permits further increased

Status: 01/17/2022 12:50 p.m

In Germany, more and more new construction of apartments and houses are being approved. In 2020, an increase in building permits is likely to have been achieved for the third year in a row. One type of house is currently booming in particular.

The number of building permits has apparently increased slightly in the past year. From January to November, around 341,000 units were approved, which was 2.8 percent more than in the same period last year, according to the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden.

There was an increase of 1.2 percent in single-family houses, 24.6 percent more in two-family houses and 0.5 percent more in apartment buildings. Just under a quarter fewer building permits were issued for dormitories than in the same period of the previous year.

It is not always possible to build immediately

The upward trend also continued in November. The authorities therefore approved applications for the construction and conversion of 29,020 apartments. Adjusted for seasonal and calendar effects, that was 2.6 percent more than in the previous month.

The number of building permits is an important indicator for new construction in the fight against housing shortages in many cities. In some cases, however, apartments are approved but not initially built – for example because craftsmen and construction companies have no capacity due to the high demand for real estate. Almost 369,000 permits were issued in 2020, but only around 306,000 apartments were actually completed.

Politicians are alarmed by speculation

The new federal government made up of SPD, Greens and FDP wants to ensure that 400,000 apartments are built in Germany every year, 100,000 of them publicly funded social housing.

Berlin’s new urban development senator, Andreas Geisel, also wants to speed up housing construction and curb speculation with land at the same time. “But there is a lot of speculation with building land, building permits are sometimes only applied for in order to be able to sell the land at a higher price,” the SPD politician told the “Tagesspiegel”.

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