The value of recorded building plans passed in South Africa went down 0.3 percent from a year earlier in December of 2020, following an upwardly revised 24.2 percent jump in the previous month. Declines in building plans for the non-residential segment (-56.3 percent vs 149.4 percent) and additions and alterations (-0.4 percent vs -15.9 percent) more than offset an increase in those for the residential segment (42.3 percent vs 20.5 percent). Considering the full year of 2020, building plans slumped 32.2 percent over a year earlier. source: Statistics South Africa

Building Permits in South Africa averaged 3615352.01 ZAR Thousand from 1981 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 11840324 ZAR Thousand in August of 2018 and a record low of 218553 ZAR Thousand in December of 1985. This page provides - South Africa Building Plans Passed- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Building Plans Passed - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2021.

Building Permits in South Africa is expected to be 6400000.00 ZAR Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Building Permits in South Africa to stand at 7000000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Building Plans Passed is projected to trend around 7300000.00 ZAR Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Building Plans Passed

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6527407.00 9478756.00 11840324.00 218553.00 1981 - 2020 ZAR Thousand Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-19 11:00 AM Sep -9.7% -37% -28.7%
2020-12-10 12:30 PM Oct -17.4% -9.9% -4%
2021-01-21 11:00 AM Nov 20.6% -17.1% -10%
2021-02-18 11:00 AM Dec -0.3% 24.2% 8%


News Stream
South Africa Building Permits Drop in December
The value of recorded building plans passed in South Africa went down 0.3 percent from a year earlier in December of 2020, following an upwardly revised 24.2 percent jump in the previous month. Declines in building plans for the non-residential segment (-56.3 percent vs 149.4 percent) and additions and alterations (-0.4 percent vs -15.9 percent) more than offset an increase in those for the residential segment (42.3 percent vs 20.5 percent). Considering the full year of 2020, building plans slumped 32.2 percent over a year earlier.
2021-02-18
South Africa Building Permits Rebound in November
The value of recorded building plans passed in South Africa jumped 20.6 percent from a year earlier in November of 2020, following a downwardly revised 17.1 percent fall in the previous month. It was the first rise in building plans passed after seven straight months of decreases, driven by the non-residential segment (149.1 percent vs -47.1 percent in October) and the residential one (15.5 percent vs -6.2 percent). In contrast, permits for additions and alterations continued to fall (-18.9 percent vs -10.1 percent).
2021-01-21
South Africa Building Permits Fall for 7th Month
The value of recorded building plans passed in South Africa slipped 17.4 percent from a year earlier to 8,912 million in October of 2020, following an upwardly revised 9.9 percent slump in September. It was the seventh consecutive month of decreases in building plans passed. Declines in permits were seen across all categories, namely non-residential buildings (-47.1 percent vs -40.2 percent in September); residential buildings (-6.6 percent vs -13.4 percent in September) and additions and alterations (-10.5 percent vs -20.6 percent).
2020-12-10
South Africa Building Permits Fall for 6th Month
The value of recorded building plans passed in South Africa fell 9.7 percent from a year earlier to 7,057 million in September of 2020, following a downwardly revised 37 percent slump in August. Still, it was the smallest decrease in building permits in the current six-month sequence, as the residential segment recovered (13.4 percent vs -28 percent in August). Meantime, permits decreased at a slower pace for non-residential buildings (-40.2 percent vs -67.7 percent) and additions and alterations (-20.1 percent vs -21.1 percent).
2020-11-19

South Africa Building Plans Passed
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) conducts a monthly building statistics survey collecting information regarding building plans passed and buildings completed, financed by the private sector, from the largest local government institutions in South Africa. According to these institutions, they are not always notified about low-cost housing projects and therefore do not include the bulk of low-cost dwelling-houses. The monthly survey represents approximately 90 percent of the total value of buildings completed. The statistical unit for the collection of information is a local government institution. Local government institutions include district municipalities, metropolitan municipalities and local municipalities.