In the second quarter of 2009, permits issued for the construction of residential buildings increased 24.6 per cent from the previous quarter, but the residential units covered by them decreased 31 per cent and their total built-up area decreased 28.8 per cent, the National Statistical Institute said on Friday. The number of administrative buildings remained unchanged, while the total floor area decreased 33.8 per cent. At the same time, other buildings increased 18.6 per cent, but their floor area was 7 per cent smaller.
Compared to the second quarter of 2008, permits issued for the construction of new residential buildings are 32 per cent fewer, and the residential units covered by them are 62.1 per cent fewer. Administrative buildings decreased 26.9 per cent, and other types of buildings decreased 24.3 per cent. With all types of buildings a decline has been registered in total floor area, respectively, with residential buildings 61.4 per cent, with administrative buildings 29.3 per cent, and with other types of buildings 35.3 per cent.
In the second quarter of 2009, local administrations issued permits for the construction of 1,832 residential buildings with 4,506 residential units in them and with 637,484 sq m of total floor area, 79 administrative/office buildings with 88,598 sq m of total floor area, and 1,160 other buildings with 661,355 sq m of total floor area.
In the second quarter of 2009, the largest number of permits for the construction of new residential buildings were issued in Sofia (capital) - 241, Plovdiv - 219, Sofia - 182, Varna - 153, and Bourgas - 173, with residential units in Sofia (capital) standing at 637, in Plovdiv 611, Sofia 207, Varna 589, and Bourgas 461.