Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)
Press Release on Building Licenses in Palestine, First Quarter 2013
Number of building licenses in Palestine* rose compared to previous quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2012
A total of 2,281 building licenses were issued in the first quarter of 2013.
The total number of building licenses issued in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 8.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Also, the total number of building licenses issued for the first quarter of 2013 was 5.0% higher than in the first quarter of 2012.
The area of licensed buildings (residential and non-residential) totaled one million m2, of which new buildings made up 796 thousand m2 and existing buildings 205 thousand m2.
The total number of licensed dwellings was 4,200 of which 3,200 were new units with a total area of 541 thousand m2 and one thousand were existing dwellings with a total area of 172 thousand m2.
The number of new dwellings in the first quarter of 2013 was 13.6% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 4.3% lower than the first quarter of 2012.
Number of Building Licenses issued in Palestine*, First Quarter 2012 to First Quarter 2013
* The data exclude those parts of Jerusalem annexed by Israel in 1967.