Posted on March 22, 2015

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics is pleased to publish the first issue of the monthly data on Statistics of Building Permits issued by all municipalities of the State. Building permits data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator for the performance of the construction sector which in turn occupies a significant position in the national economy and a main pillar for the basic infrastructure of many other activities.

This press release is intended to give a brief overview of the nature of these monthly permits in terms of their geographical distribution (according to the municipalities) and types of these permits (buildings, additions, fencing) as well as more details about categories of the different types of buildings, whether residential or non-residential. It worth mentioning that the release of this monthly data comes in the framework of coordination between the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics and the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to make use of the existing electronic link between the two ministries.

In a quick review of the data on building permits issued during the month of January 2015, we find that Rayyan municipality (including Sheehaniya) comes at the top of the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 256 permits, i.e. 40% of the total issued permits while Doha municipality came in second place with 131 permits, i.e. 20%, followed by the municipality of Al Daayen with 77 permits, i.e.12%. The rest of the municipalities were as follows : Umm Salal 68 permits (10%), Al Wakra 64 permits (9%), Al Khor 40 permits (6%), and finally the Al Shamal 20 permits (3%).

Buildings Permits statistics 2 [].jpgIn terms of the type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits constitutes 66% (440 permits) of the total building permits issued during the month of January 2015, while the percentage of additions permits constituted 29% (195 permits), and finally fencing permits with 5% (30 permits) only. By analyzing new residential buildings permits data, we find that villas’ permits top the list, accounting for 66% (252 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by dwellings of housing loans by 28% (107 permits) and apartments buildings by 5% (21 permits).

On the other hand, we find that commercial buildings are in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 38% (22 permits) followed by government buildings as well as industrial buildings e.g. workshops and factories with 25% each (14 permits) and finally mosques category with 10% (6 permits). For more statistical data, please visit the Ministry's website: as well as “QALM” portal (Qatar Information Exchange) :