Almost everywhere you look around Auckland these days there are new houses being built, in particular single houses making way for multiple townhouses or apartments. There is so much going on that we’re seeing new records being set for building consents.
September saw 1,734 new dwellings consented, the second highest month seen in Auckland since 1990 – as far back as available records go. The only month higher was in October 2002 when a large number of apartments were given consent. But months can fluctuate and so it’s more useful to look at the 12-month rolling trend. That figure reached 15,470 consents, the first time it’s been above 15k.
It’s not just that those consents are happening, it’s also what those consents are for. As we’ve seen in previous updates, it’s denser housing typologies that are driving the numbers and now account for 57% of all consents. Of these it’s townhouses that stand out the most.
This can be seen even clearer if we compare each of these as a line and as you can see, the number of townhouses being consented is rising rapidly.
We can also break these numbers down by Local Board. These figures are for the 12-months to the end of September. My local board, Henderson Massey, has seen the most consents issued followed closely by Papakura and then Howick.
The Council also break down some details of where these consents are located. Their numbers show about 80% of all consents are within the old 2010 Metropolitan Urban Limit. They also compare the locations based on walking distance to rapid transit stations. This shows that just over a quarter of consents are within 1500m walking distance of a rapid transit station. That might not sound like a lot but given our rapid transit network is not all that extensive I doubt a quarter of our urban area is within that definition.
This map is just for September but shows where those 1,734 consents are located.
Of course, consents are one thing but it doesn’t guarantee houses will get built. The council’s data shows that in the 12-months to the end of September just under 13,000 Code of Compliance were issued. This is a drop from a peak of over 14.6k and likely reflects the delays to construction from the COVID lockdowns. Of those completed, about 89% of dwellings were issued consent less than two years ago. These figures are useful to highlight that a high proportion of consents do result in houses being built and do so fairly quickly.