Planning activity statistics

Reports on the volume of planning applications received and decisions issued. They include geographic detail at the Local Government District and the Assembly Constituency levels.

Background

Since the transfer of planning powers to councils in April 2015, the quarterly bulletins present a summary of provisional Northern Ireland planning volumes and processing performance for the new district councils, and the Department.

The provisional quarterly releases are then replaced by a final annual publication, which contains finalised figures on the volume of applications received and decided, including geographic detail at the district council level, and detail on areas of high public interest (including information on residential development in urban and rural areas), renewable energy and enforcement activity.  

Please note that there may be small differences between finalised figures for quarterly data and what has been reported in the provisional quarterly reports.  In keeping with Open Data, users should note that from 2015/16 it has been decided to retain provisional quarterly reports on the website.

    Data visualisation

    Summary of the Northern Ireland planning statistics April to June 2020 (provisional figures).

    Publications

      2020/21

      Quarterly – provisional results

      2019/20

      Annual - finalised results

      Quarterly – provisional results

      2018/19

      Annual - finalised results

      Quarterly – provisional results

      2017/18

      Annual - finalised results

      Quarterly – provisional results

      2016/17

      Annual - finalised results

      Quarterly – provisional results

      2015/16

      Annual - finalised results

      Quarterly – provisional results

      Note:  it was necessary to combine the second and third quarterly bulletins after planning hierarchy classification issues led to a delay in the second quarterly publication.

      2014/15

      Note: after April 2015 the monthly renewable energy release was incorporated into the Northern Ireland planning statistics bulletins.

      2002/03 to 2013/14

      Quality Reports

      User Engagement

      Assessment of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics

      Between November 2019 and March 2020, the Northern Ireland planning statistics underwent an assessment by the Office for Statistics Regulation.  A report detailing the findings of this assessment was published in May 2020.

      Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch have developed an action plan detailing how and by when the requirements identified in the assessment report will be met.  This includes a forward work plan which outlines scheduled work and further developments over the coming years. This can be accessed below.

      Investigating the feasibility of linking planning approvals to house building completions data

      A report investigating the feasibility of linking planning approvals to house building completions data can be accessed below.

      Contact

      For general enquiries, data requests and feedback, contact Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch

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