Published on: 25 February 2020

Dwelling construction increased by one fifth

In 2019, 21,127 new dwellings were built, 20% more than a year earlier. Based on issued dwelling construction permits and simple declarations, the number of homes to be built decreased by 4.3% to 35,123 compared to 2018.

In 2019, nearly half of new homes (49%) were put to use in Budapest and Pest county. 33% of homes put to use were in the large region of Transdanubia, and 18% in the large regions of Great Plain and North.

5,838 homes were taken into use in Budapest, 51% more than in 2018. With the exception of smaller towns, where growth was only 3.6%, there was a double-digit increase in the number of new homes in each category of settlement.

The proportion of dwellings built by individuals fell from 46% to 41%, while that of dwellings built by enterprises increased from 53% to 57% compared to 2018.

50% of dwellings put to use in new residential buildings were in detached houses, 42% in multi-dwelling buildings and 3.8% in resident’s parks.

The average floor-area of homes put to use decreased by 2.7 m2 to 96.6 m2 compared to 2018.

The number of dwellings to be built was 35,123 based on dwelling construction permits and declarations, 4.3% less than in 2018. 55% of new dwellings are planned to be built in Budapest and Pest county. The number of dwellings to be built increased by 1.4% in Budapest and by 4.7% in villages and decreased by 12% in towns of county rank and by 10% in other towns. The share of simple declarations within all permits was 46% nation-wide, 7% in Budapest, 47% in towns of county rank, 66% in other towns and 89% in villages.

Based on new construction permits (declarations), 3.9% more, i.e. a total of 14,282 residential buildings are planned to be built, while the number of permits issued for non-residential buildings was 4,166 or 4.1% less than a year earlier.

In the last quarter of 2019, the number of dwellings put to use was higher than the number of new construction permits. This was the first such quarter in the last 5 years.

New dwelling construction permits and simple declarations, dwellings put to use and ceased

Territorial unit New dwelling construction permits issued (declarations) Number of dwellings put to use Number of dwellings ceased to exist
number 2019 as a percentage of 2018 2018 2019 2019 as a percentage of 2018 2018 2019
2018 2019 of which: simple declarations
Budapest11 99512 158851101.43 8745 838150.7604599
Towns of county rank8 1697 2003 39888.14 5635 088111.5427417
Other towns10 5109 4346 22689.85 7265 932103.6748700
Villages6 0456 3315 630104.73 5184 269121.3370371
Total36 71935 12316 10595.717 68121 127119.52 1492 087

Methodological note: in accordance with Government Decree 456/2015. (XII. 29.) statistical data contain construction permits, simple declarations, put to use permits and official certificates concerning the put to use of buildings constructed on the basis of simple declaration.