|Districts||Residential buildings||Administrative buildings||Other buildings|
|Gross building area - sq. m||Number||Gross building area - sq. m||Number||Gross building area - sq. m|
|Total||1 362||5 928||823 615||31||18 328||935||427 613|
|Blagoevgrad||83||145||23 956||3||665||53||25 344|
|Burgas||86||340||37 405||-||-||37||22 738|
|Varna||145||913||166 719||3||822||34||23 148|
|Veliko Tarnovo||25||66||7 530||-||-||35||23 637|
|Gabrovo||22||33||8 344||-||-||15||3 424|
|Dobrich||30||50||6 145||-||-||20||3 847|
|Kardzhali||35||377||55 534||..||..||17||7 669|
|Kyustendil||13||21||3 699||..||..||24||5 754|
|Lovech||21||21||2 793||..||..||13||5 468|
|Montana||7||9||1 751||-||-||9||2 152|
|Pazardzhik||74||171||21 401||-||-||41||14 378|
|Pernik||45||87||14 896||-||-||18||1 598|
|Pleven||14||151||10 803||-||-||31||13 738|
|Plovdiv||244||1 109||127 861||14||12 465||93||61 116|
|Razgrad||11||49||5 407||-||-||28||5 541|
|Ruse||19||43||4 753||..||..||60||15 514|
|Silistra||14||23||4 368||..||..||14||2 950|
|Sliven||20||37||5 214||-||-||24||10 786|
|Smolyan||9||10||2 265||-||-||17||5 482|
|Sofia||113||121||21 124||-||-||66||43 077|
|Sofia (stolitsa)||210||1 843||249 090||3||1 867||29||35 374|
|Stara Zagora||56||188||24 517||-||-||100||29 173|
|Haskovo||27||41||6 006||-||-||38||14 229|
|Shumen||22||37||5 160||..||..||46||20 459|
|Yambol||7||8||1 961||-||-||33||9 277|
Note: ".." Confidential data
Building permits issued for construction of new buildings
National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
"Short-term Business Statistics and Statistics of transport" Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 175
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||21 November 2018|
|Metadata last posted||21 November 2018|
|Metadata last update||26 May 2020|
Data for issued permits of new buildings provide information about issued permits by type of buildings - residential buildings and their dwellings, administrative buildings and other buildings and their gross building area. The statistical information about issued building permits is a short-term indicator for the future development on construction business and used for analyzes the activities of construction enterprises.
Classification of Types of Construction (CC)
The statistical survey covers all municipal authorities, which are issued permits of new buildings.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
Indicators are harmonized according to the requirements of Regulation 1165/98 on EC concerning Short-term statistics.
The numbers of issued building permits are classified according to the Classification of Types of Construction (CC).
Building is a roofed construction site which can be used separately, and it is built for permanent purposes. Buildings are subdivided into residential and non-residential buildings.
Residential buildings are buildings in which at least half of the useful floor area is used for permanent residential habitation.
The residential buildings are subdivided into:
Dwelling - is one or more rooms for living and service floor area in a building with solid structure for own use. The dwelling must have an exit to a generally accessible part (stairs, yard or straight on the street).
Non-residential buildings are buildings which are mainly used or intended for use for non-residential purpose.
The non-residential buildings are subdivided into:
Gross building area - a sum of all floors areas in external dimensions (including functional areas and covered thoroughfares for ancillary use).
Municipal authorities - which are issued building permits.
The survey is exhaustive and statistical population covers all municipal authorities, which are issued permits of new buildings.
National level: Data are aggregated and published total and by districts.
EC level: Eurostat is aggregated and published total of EC and by Member States.
From 2005 to the latest quarter of the reference year.
|Unit of measure|
Number, square meter.
|Legal acts and other agreements|
National Legal basis: The Law on Statistics(Article 20) states that all persons that manage or present legal persons, are obligated to provide the National Statistical Institute and the Bodies of Statistics with reliable data when filling-in forms and questionnaires on surveys included in the National Statistical Programme, for which mandatory participation is provided.
The survey is included into the National Statistical Programme and it is compulsory for enterprises which are included in the sample of survey. The Law on Statistics includes provisions relating to fines, which can be imposed for refusal, non-response and delay. They are laid down in specific Chapter 9 “Administrative and liability provisions” in Article 52.
· COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1165/98 of 19 May 1998 concerning short-term statistics;
· REGULATION (EC) No 1158/2005 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics;
· COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1503/2006 implementing and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards definitions of variables, list of variables and frequency of data compilation;
· REGULATION (EC) No 1893/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 20 December 2006 establishing the statistical classification of economic activities NACE Revision 2 and amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3037/90 as well as certain EC Regulations on specific statistical domains;
· COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 472/2008 of 29 May 2008 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards the first base year to be applied for time series in NACE Revision 2 and for time series prior to 2009 to be transmitted according to NACE Revision 2, the level of detail, the form, the first reference period, and the reference period.
The data are transmitted to Eurostat together with the national publication.
|Confidentiality - policy|
· Law on Statistics - Saved of statistical confidentiality is in accordance with the privacy of individual data specified in the Statistics Act, which are in accordance with EU legislation. In Chapter VI "Data Confidentiality and secrecy" are regulated confidentiality of individual statistical data, use them only for statistical purposes and obligations of the statistical authorities to ensure protection and preventions of individual data. In Chapter IX "Administrative Penalty Provisions" shows provisions non-compliance with the requirements.
· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
Article 25 of the Law of Statistics defines the criteria by which can not be distributed or published statistical information. Statistical information which aggregates data about less than three statistical units or about a population in which the relative share of the value of a surveyed parameter of a single unit exceeds 85 percent of the value of such parameter for all units in the population.
Confidential data, accordance with the Law of statistics not publish. In order not to identify individual data using the method of suppression or aggregation of information disclosed.
The date for publication of statistical information is given in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute, which is available on NSI website. The data for building permits issued of new buildings by type and their gross building area are published 30 days after the reference quarter.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
The data are published on the NSI website, section Business statistics - Short-term Business Statistics -Other quarterly data in accordance with the Law on Statistics and the European Statistics Code of Practice respecting the professional independence and aimed at objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of all consumers.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
Data and press release about building permits issued of new buildings publish every quarter - 30-31 days after the end of reference quarter.
· Statistical Reference Book;
· Statistical Year Book.
Data on for building permits issued of new buildings are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Short-term Business Statistics - Other qyarterly data: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4495. The data for preceding years are available in the Information System for online requests for statistical information - INFOSTAT - https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=99
On request, according to the rules on individual data protection.
|Documentation on methodology|
· Eurostat Methodology of short-term business statistics. Interpretation and guidelines: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/short_term_business_statistics/documents/KS-BG-06-001-EN.pdf
· Methodology "Issued permits of new buildings": http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/ConstructionMethod_1_2_en.pdf
Regulation (EC) № 1165/98 and amending Regulation (EC) № 1158/2005 Short-term statistics obligate the European Commission (Eurostat) regularly (every three years) to report in the Parliament of Europe applicability of short-term data quality and revisions of the data. Quality report of Eurostat from 2011 Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEI in focus), containing information about the issued permits of new buildings in European countries.
The legal framework which regulates the production of data from Short-term business statistics states that statistical data compiled within the EU system must be of satisfactory quality and produced data are comparable between Member States. Verification of data is done through the process of conducting a statistical survey - from respondents, from experts in the regional statistical offices and from national experts in NSI. Identified inaccuracies and errors are removed timely and provide comparable data of good quality.
The quality of the short-term indicators is measured by each
Eurostat, state governing bodies, associations, businesses, media and other users.
Provide statistical data on building permits issued of new buildings on the required level of detail.
|Accuracy and reliability|
There is a maximum accuracy and reliability of the data on issued permits of new buildings. Common errors are errors in the measurement data, the respondent misunderstanding what information is required or incomplete performance. Most measurement errors are detected and corrected by arithmetic and logical controls embedded in Information System "Short-term business statistics" (On-line information system for collection, verification and processing of data from short-term business statistics). The system performs mandatory and planned control and warning in case there are errors, it displays a warning dialog inconsistencies found. The system does not allow the completion of the report until all outstanding correct mandatory controls.
The survey is exhaustive.
Actions for non-responders include: informing and sending reminders, when no-responding company may follows a phone call and / or direct contact to collect the data. The responding rate is average approximately 100%.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
Information about building permits issued of new buildings is published 30-31 days after the reference quarter.
All data rows, tables, and press releases are prepared and submitted for publication, accordance STS regulations and within the deadlines specified in the calendar for publication of data. NSI sent data to Eurostat on the day of national publication.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
Data on building permits issued of new buildings are representative for the whole country, by districts and by municipalities.
|Comparability - over time|
Available time series of data about building permits issued for new buildings - from 2005.
|Coherence - cross domain|
Data about building permits issued for new buildings are compared from the variables of started construction of new buildings.
|Coherence - internal|
Observation is exhaustive, the data are final, and are in accordance with EU regulations on Short-term business statistics.
|Cost and burden|
No information on the relationship between cost of production of statistics data and user satisfaction. The purpose to reduce response burden is created on-line information system "Short-term business statistics" (IS STS).
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
The information is aggregated from the data in Questionnaire for issued and started construction of new buildings. Source of data is construction documents issued from technical services of the municipal authorities.
|Frequency of data collection|
For the convenience of respondents and getting better and timely information is created on-line information system Short term business statistics (IS STS) input data for issued permits for new buildings. The system controls are set to ensure the accuracy of the information. Possibility remains that the respondent submits quarterly report and a paper in the relevant regional statistical office (RSO). Delay on the part of businesses IS STS send reminders. Experts from RSOs phone calls to provide timely information or clarification of the data.
Validation data starts from the filling of reports by respondents. Control of the data can be accessed from the regional statistical offices and from the National Statistical Institute. An information system "Short-term business statistics" significantly contributes to the validation of the data submitted by set arithmetic and logical controls. Subsequent analysis of the experts, a phone call for additional clarification of data and elimination inconsistencies, minimize errors in the raw data and ensure accuracy of outputs at national level.
Data on building permits issued of new buildings are made by municipal authorities on the paper and send to RSOs or online through an information system "Short-term business statistics". After validating the data by RSOs and after the deadline for entering, experts of NSI made a final control, and aggregate output for total of country and by districts.
Tuesday, 4 August 2020 - 11:00
In the second quarter of 2020, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 362 residential buildings with 5 928 dwellings, of 31 administrative buildings/offices and 935 other buildings. The construction of 979 residential buildings with 4 766 dwellings, of 21 administrative buildings/offices and 584 other buildings was started.
Monday, 4 May 2020 - 11:00
In the first quarter of 2020, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 351 residential buildings with 6 317 dwellings, of 22 administrative buildings/offices and 883 other buildings. The construction of 847 residential buildings with 4 454 dwellings, of 12 administrative buildings/offices and 545 other buildings was started.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 11:00
In the fourth quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 512 residential buildings with 7 477 dwellings, of 21 administrative buildings/offices and 1 103 other buildings. The construction of 993 residential buildings with 5 770 dwellings, of 11 administrative buildings/offices and 614 other buildings was started.
Monday, 4 November 2019 - 11:00
In the third quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 630 residential buildings with 9 018 dwellings, of 23 administrative buildings/offices and 1 188 other buildings. The construction of 1 156 residential buildings with 7 021 dwellings, of 13 administrative buildings/offices and 666 other buildings was started.
Friday, 2 August 2019 - 11:00
In the second quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 591 residential buildings with 8 456 dwellings, of 31 administrative buildings/offices and 1 168 other buildings. The construction of 1 203 residential buildings with 5 650 dwellings, of 24 administrative buildings/offices and 622 other buildings was started.
Friday, 3 May 2019 - 11:00
In the first quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 247 residential buildings with 7 832 dwellings, of 28 administrative buildings/offices and 1 149 other buildings. The construction of 871 residential buildings with 4 481 dwellings, of 17 administrative buildings/offices and 644 other buildings was started.
Monday, 4 February 2019 - 11:00
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 477 residential buildings with 11 682 dwellings, of 33 administrative buildings/offices and 1 319 other buildings. The construction of 935 residential buildings with 5 881 dwellings, of 11 administrative buildings/offices and 624 other buildings was started.
Friday, 2 November 2018 - 11:00
In the third quarter of 2018, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 659 residential buildings with 9 419 dwellings, of 37 administrative buildings/offices and 1 207 other buildings. The construction of 1 038 residential buildings with 5 921 dwellings, of 29 administrative buildings/offices and 638 other buildings was started.
Thursday, 2 August 2018 - 11:00
In the second quarter of 2018, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 476 residential buildings with 8 178 dwellings, of 32 administrative buildings/offices and 1 274 other buildings. The construction of 1 128 residential buildings with 6 195 dwellings, of 25 administrative buildings/offices and 724 other buildings was started.
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 11:00
In the first quarter of 2018, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 162 residential buildings with 6 247 dwellings, of 26 administrative buildings/offices and 1 026 other buildings. The construction of 723 residential buildings with 4 157 dwellings, of 18 administrative buildings/offices and 467 other buildings was started.