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 1,367 domestic permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the June 2020 quarter, an increase of 15.5 percent compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 2.8 percent.

The value of domestic permits in the March 2020 quarter was $338.0 million, an increase of 31.9 percent compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 14.1percent.

A total of 5,054 domestic permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the financial year 2019–2020, a decrease of 4.8 percent compared to 2018–2019. The value of these permits was $1.13 billion, a decrease of 2.7 percent compared to the previous financial year.


  Number of permits Percentage change* Value of permits ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (June 2020) 1,367 +15.5 338.0 +31.9
Previous quarter (March 2020) 1,184 266.0
Same quarter last year (June 2019) 1,330 +2.8
296.3 +14.1
Annual totals**
2019–20 5,054 -4.8 1,129.9 -2.7
2018–19 5,309 1,161.5
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 791 new dwelling approvals were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the June 2020 quarter, an increase of 10.0 percent compared to the previous quarter yet an annual decrease of 2.0 percent.

The value of new dwelling approvals in the June 2020 quarter was $253.0 million, an increase of 13.9 percent compared to the previous month yet an annual decrease of 0.8 percent.

A total of 3,049 new dwelling permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the financial year 2019–2020, a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to 2018–2019. The value of these permits was $944.8 million, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to the previous financial year


  Number of new dwellings Percentage change* Value of new dwellings ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (June 2020) 791 +10.0 253.0 +13.9
Previous quarter (March 2020) 719 222.1
Same quarter last year (June 2019) 807 -2.0 255.0 -0.8
Annual totals
2019–20 3,049 -3.8 944.8 +5.8
2018–19 3,168 893.1
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 125 non-domestic building permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the June 2020 quarter, an increase of 27.6 percent compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 5.0 percent.

The value of non-domestic building permits was $879.9 million in the June 2020 quarter, a 781.7 percent increase compared to the previous quarter and an annual increase of 905.6 percent. The large increase in the value of permits in this quarter is largely due to permits submitted for the new $880 million Chisholm Road Prison in Lara.

Permits of note for the quarter included: stages 4, 6 and 7 of new prison in Lara for $584.0 million; stage 6 of the Ritz Apartments for $31.0 million; stage 1 of aged care village in Highton for $17.0 million; stage 2 of residential aged care facility in Wallington for $11.0 million; stage 12 of North Shore cement supply project for $8.0 million; stages 3 and 4 of 26x townhouses in Highton for $6.0 million; warehouse and office in Corio for $3.5 million; foundations for commercial building in central Geelong $2.7 million.

A total of 514 non-domestic building permits were issued in the City of Greater Geelong in the financial year 2019–2020, a 5.8 percent increase in the number of permits compared to financial year 2018–2019 and an annual increase in permit value of 256.8 percent to $1.3 billion, largely due to permits submitted for the $880 million Chisholm Road Prison in Lara.


  Number of permits Percentage change* Value of permits** ($million) Percentage change*
Monthly totals
Latest quarter (June 2020) 125 +27.6 879.9 +781.7
Previous quarter (March 2020) 98 99.8
Same quarter last year (June 2019)
119 +5.0 87.5 905.6
Annual totals***
2019–20 514 +5.8 1,254.3 +256.8
2018–19 486 351.5
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.
**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, 19 November 2020

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