In the 4th quarter of 2020, there were 5.7 thousand licensed buildings which corresponded to a 1.0% reduction in comparison with the same period of the previous year (+4.0% in the 3rd quarter of 2020). Building permits for new constructions increased by 1.2% while renovation permits declined by 7.8% (+6.5% and -3.5% respectively, in the 3rd quarter of 2020). Completed buildings decreased by 4.1% (+1.5% in the 3rd quarter of 2020), amounting to 3.7 thousand buildings.
When analysing monthly data, after recording increases, in year-on-year terms, in November and December, building permits recorded a 17.3% decline in January 2021.
In the year 2020, 22.8 thousand buildings were licensed and 15.0 thousand buildings were completed, corresponding to rates of change of -3.5% and +6.0% respectively, compared to the previous year (+4.1% and +11.6%, in the same order, in 2019).
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