Posted on June 10, 2015

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics is pleased to publish the fifth 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 they are residential or non-residential. It worth mentioning that the release of this monthly data comes under the joint cooperation 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. 

Ina quick review of the data on building permits issued during the month of May 2015, we find that Rayyan municipality (including Sheehaniya) comes at the top of the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 264 permits, i.e.37% of the total issued permits while Doha municipality came in second place with 156 permits, i.e. 22%, followed by the municipality of Al Daayen with 99 permits, i.e.14%. The rest of the municipalities were as follows: Al Wakra 87 permits(12%), Al Khor 50 permits (7%), Umm Salal 41 permits(5%), and finally the Al Shamal 21 permits(3%).

Building Permits issued 2 [].jpgIn terms of the type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits constitutes 65%(468 permits) of the total building permits issued during the month of May 2015, while the percentage of additions permits constituted 33% (237 permits), and finally fencing permits with 2% (13 permits) only. By analyzing new residential buildings permits data, we find that villas’ permits top the list, accounting for 70% (284 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by dwellings of housing loans by 22%(91 permits) and apartments buildings by 6% (26 permits).

On the other hand, commercial buildings are found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 47% (28 permits) followed by industrial buildings e.g. workshops and factories with 28% (17 permits), mosques with 17% (10 permits) and finally government buildings with 5% (3 permits).

For more statistical data, please visit the Ministry's website: as well as “QALM” portal (Qatar Information Exchange)