Stats Centre – Building Activity Data

Building activity within our municipality is broken down into total domestic, new dwellings and total non-domestic building activity.

Domestic building activity

Number and value of all domestic permits

A total of 1,812 domestic permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the March 2021 quarter, an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 53.0%.

The value of domestic permits in the March 2021 quarter was $426.8 million, a decrease of 2.4% compared to the previous quarter yet an annual increase of 60.5%.

A total of 5,966 domestic permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in 2020, an 18.4% increase compared to 2019. The value of these permits was $1.38 billion, an increase of 23.0% compared to the previous year.


  Number of permits Percentage change* Value of permits ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (March 2021) 1,812 +2.4% 426.8 -2.4%
Previous quarter (December 2020) 1,770 437.2
Same quarter last year (March 2020) 1,184 +53.0%
266.0 +60.5%
Annual totals**
2020 5,966 +18.4% 1,381.5 +23.0%
2019 5,039

1,122.6

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Domestic permits refers to all permits including dwellings, extensions, alterations, demolitions, etc. Figures for the previous quarter may be revised due to late permits.
*Percentage change is based on differences between the latest quarter and earlier figures as specified.
**Annual totals differ to ABS Building Approvals (8731.0) due to differing classifications and methodology.

Domestic Building Activity

Source: City of Greater Geelong.


Number and value of new dwelling approvals

A total of 1,150 new dwelling approvals were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the March 2021 quarter, an increase of 7.9% compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 60.0%.

The value of new dwelling approvals in the March 2021 quarter was $362.5 million, a decrease of 1.7% compared to the previous month yet an annual increase of 63.2%.

A total of 3,506 new dwelling permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in 2020, a 9.8% increase compared to 2019. The value of these permits was $1.14 billion, an increase of 26.6% compared to the previous year.


  Number of new dwellings Percentage change* Value of new dwellings ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (March 2021) 1,150 +7.9% 362.5 -1.7%
Previous quarter (December 2020) 1,066 368.7
Same quarter last year (March 2020) 719 +60.0% 222.1 +63.2%
Annual totals
2020 3,506 +9.8 1,135.9 +26.6%
2019 3,193 897.5
Source: City of Greater Geelong. Figures for the previous quarter may be revised due to late permits.
*Percentage change is based on differences between the latest quarter and earlier figures as specified.

New Dwelling Approvals

Source: City of Greater Geelong.


Non-domestic building activity

Number and value of non-domestic building permits

A total of 98 non-domestic building permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the March 2021 quarter, a decrease of 6.7% compared to the previous quarter, yet no change compared to the same period last year.

The value of non-domestic building permits was $89.7 million in the March 2021 quarter, a 13.0% increase compared to the previous quarter yet an annual decrease of 10.1%.

Permits of note for this quarter included: stage 1 new palliative care facility at Deakin Waurn Ponds for $16.8 million, new games hall and extension to school in Charlemont for $14.0 million, retail complex in Armstrong Creek for $10.5 million, stages 1 and 2 of mental health hub project in Corio for $4.5 million.

A total of 442 non-domestic building permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in 2020, a 14.1% decrease in the number of permits compared to 2019 yet an annual 174.9% increase in permit value to $1.24 billion. 

The increase in the annual value of permits is largely due to permits submitted for the new $880 million Chisholm Road Prison in Lara in 2020.


  Number of permits Percentage change* Value of permits** ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (March 2021) 98 -6.7%
89.7 +13.0%
Previous quarter (December 2020) 105 79.4
Same quarter last year (March 2020)
98 0.0 99.8 -10.1%
Annual totals***
2020 442 -14.1 1,241.8 +174.9%
2019 515 451.7
Source: City of Greater Geelong. Figures for the previous quarter may be revised due to late permits.
*Percentage change is based on differences between the latest quarter and earlier figures as specified.
**Includes figures as provided to City of Greater Geelong (which may not always include stage breakdowns).
***Annual totals differ to ABS Building Approvals (8731.0) due to differing classifications and methodology.

Non Domestic Permits

Source: City of Greater Geelong.





Page last updated: Thursday, 29 April 2021

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