The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics is pleased to publish the sixteenth issue of the monthly Statistics of Building Permits issued by all municipalities of the State.
Building permits data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator for the performance of the construction sector which in turn occupies a significant position in the national economy.
This press release is intended to give a brief overview of the nature of these monthly permits in terms of their geographical distribution (according to the municipalities) and types of these permits (buildings, additions, fencing) as well as details about categories of the different types of buildings, whether they are residential or non-residential.
It is worth mentioning that the release of this monthly data comes under the joint cooperation between the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to make use of the existing electronic link between the two ministries.
In a quick review of the data on building permits issued during the month of April 2016, according to their geographical distribution,we find that Rayyan municipality (including Sheehaniya) comes at the top of the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 172 permits, i.e. 30% of the total issued permits while Doha municipality came in second place with 142 permits, i.e. 25%, followed by municipality of Al Wakrah with 97 permits (17%), municipality of Al Khor with 56 permits, i.e.10%.The rest of the municipalities were as follows : Al Da'ayen 49 permits (9%), Umm Slal 42 permits (7%), and finally Al Shamal 10 permits (2%).
In terms of type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits (residential and non-residential) constitutes 56% (319 permits) of the total building permits issued during the month of April 2016, while the percentage of additions permits constituted 40% (228 permits), and finally fencing permits with 4% (21 permits).
By analyzing new residential buildings permits data, we find that villas’ permits top the list, accounting for 62% (178 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by dwellings of housing loans by 19% (55 permits) and apartments buildings by 12% (35 permits).
On the other hand, industrial buildings e.g. workshops and factories are found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 44% (14 permits),followed by commercial buildings with 34% (11 permits), followed by mosques with 16% (5 permits), then government buildings with 3% (one permit) only.
Comparing number of permits issued in April 2016 with those issued in the previous month we noted a general decrease of 21%. This decrease was noted in all municipalities with the exception of Wakrah and Al Khor municipalities where an increase in the number of issued permits was noted.
For more statistical data, please visit “QALM” portal (Qatar Information Exchange) : www.qix.gov.qa