Title of statistical activity: Granted building permits and completed construction works
Code of statistical activity: 20102
- Metadata update
- Statistical presentation
- Unit of measure
- Reference period
- Institutional mandate
- Release policy
- Frequency of dissemination
- Accessibility and clarity
- Quality management
- Accuracy and reliability
- Timeliness and punctuality
- Coherence and comparability
- Cost and burden
- Data revision
- Statistical processing
1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".
1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia
1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.
+372 625 9291
2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.
2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.
3. Statistical presentation
3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.
Granted building permits and completed dwellings and non-residential buildings, their usable floor area and cubic capacity by county and type of building
Granted building permits and completed civil engineering works and their technical data by county and type of civil engineering works
3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
The list of purposes of use of construction works
3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.
3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.
Building – a construction works, which is permanently attached to the ground, has a roof, envelope structure and interior space.
Building permit – the consent granted by a local government for:
- the erection of a construction works, and of civil engineering works necessary to service the construction works, on the land unit specified in the building permit,
- the extension of the construction works or a part thereof specified in the building permit,
- the reconstruction of the construction works or a part thereof specified in the building permit.
Building notice – informing the local government of building work prior to commencement of the work.
Civil engineering works – constructions which are not classified under buildings: railways, roads, bridges, etc.
Construction completed – the agreement on the part of a local government that a completed construction works or a part thereof conforms to the requirements prescribed for such construction works and that it may be used for the intended purpose.
Construction started – owner’s statement to a local government about actual start of the construction works.
Dwelling – a one-family house, section of a two-family or a terraced house or a flat, which consists of one or more rooms, meets sanitary engineering requirements and is suitable for permanent residence.
Floor area of dwellings – total floor area of functionally connected rooms (bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, etc.) and secondary rooms (kitchen, hall, bathroom, toilet, pantry, storage room, built-in closet, veranda, walk-through area, etc.) necessary or suitable for living in.
Non-residential building – a building not intended for permanent residence.
Use and occupancy notice – informing the local government of building work in advance of the use and occupancy of the construction work or of a change in its purpose of use.
3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.
Building permit, building notice
Completed dwelling or building; use and occupancy notice
3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.
Granted building permits and completed dwellings, non-residential buildings and civil engineering works, which have been entered in the register of construction works
List of granted building permits and completed dwellings, non-residential buildings and civil engineering works. The list is generated from the register of construction works.
3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.
Estonia as a whole
3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.
3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.
Number of buildings
Floor area of dwelling – m²
Useful floor area of building – m²
Volume of building – m³
Length of civil engineering works – m
Area under civil engineering works – m²
6. Institutional mandate
6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.
DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACTS
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 of 6 July 2005 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1502/2006 of 28 September 2006 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards derogations to be granted to Member States
Regulation (EU) 2015/458 of 19 March 2015 amending Regulation (EC) No 657/2007 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards the establishment of European sample schemes
Regulation (EU) No 461/2012 of 31 May 2012 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics and Commission Regulations (EC) No 1503/2006, (EC) No 657/2007 and (EC) No 1178/2008 as regards adaptations related to the removal of the industrial new orders variables
Regulation (EC) No 329/2009 of 22 April 2009 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards the updating of the list of variables, the frequency of compilation of the statistics and the levels of breakdown and aggregation to be applied to the variables
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1178/2008 of 28 November 2008 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics and Commission Regulations (EC) No 1503/2006 and (EC) No 657/2007 as regards adaptations following the revision of statistical classifications NACE and CPA
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
Commission Regulation (EC) No 657/2007 of 14 June 2007 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics as regards the establishment of European sample schemes
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1503/2006 of 28 September 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
OTHER LEGAL ACTS
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
United Nations Organisation (UNO)
7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 32, § 34, § 35, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act.
7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.
The treatment of confidential data is regulated by the Procedure for Protection of Data Collected and Processed by Statistics Estonia: https://www.stat.ee/66485.
8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.
Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the statistical database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in the case of publications – the release month).
8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.
8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.
All users have been granted equal access to official statistics: dissemination dates of official statistics are announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) is provided access to official statistics before other users. Official statistics are first published in the statistical database. If there is also a news release, it is published simultaneously with data in the statistical database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8:00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calendar.
10. Accessibility and clarity
10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.
The news release “Construction” once a quarter. The news release can be viewed on the website https://www.stat.ee/news-releases.
10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.
10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.
Data are published in the statistical database at http://pub.stat.ee under the subject area “Economy / Construction / Construction volume indices” in the following tables:
EH0014: Construction volume index, 2015 = 100 (quarters)
EH0015: Construction volume index, previous period = 100 (quarters)
EH0016: Construction volume index, corresponding period of previous year = 100 (quarters)
EH0017: Construction volume index by type of construction (quarters)
and under the subject area “Economy / Construction / Construction activities” in the following table:
EH0012: Construction activities at current prices (quarters)
10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 33, § 34, § 35, § 36, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act.
Access to microdata and anonymisation of microdata are regulated by Statistics Estonia’s procedure for dissemination of confidential data for scientific purposes: https://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/51669.
10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.
Data serve as input for statistical activities 21405 “National accounts (quarterly)”, 21406 “Regional GDP” and 50101 “Regional development”.
10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.
Methodology of short-term business statistics. Interpretation and guidelines, Eurostat (2006)
10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.
The quality report sent to Eurostat is available at
11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.
Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.
12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Eesti Pank (central bank of Estonia)
Ministry of Finance
Tallinn City Office
Tartu City Government
Tartu County Government
Viljandi County Government
Local government authorities
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys.
All results are available on the website at https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.
12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.
In compliance with the rules (regulations)
13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.
The type of survey and the data collection methods ensure sufficient coverage and timeliness.
13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.
13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.
14. Timeliness and punctuality
14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.
The data are published 15 days after the end of the reference quarter (T + 15) and 60 days after the end of the reference year (T + 60).
14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.
The data have been published at the time announced in the release calendar.
15. Coherence and comparability
15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.
The data are comparable with the data of other European Union countries because common methodology, concepts and definitions on short-term statistics are used.
15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.
The data of granted building permits and use and occupancy permits of dwellings are comparable since 1992, those of non-residential buildings since 1993 and those of civil engineering works since 2011.
Until 2011, the data covered only new construction. As of 2011, the data extensions and reconstruction are also available.
15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.
The data serve as a basis for 21405 “National accounts (quarterly)”.
The data of construction permits allow assessing future construction activities. Due to time lag, the statistics of construction permits and use and occupancy permits are indirectly comparable to the data of statistical activity 20103 “Construction volume indices”.
15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.
Use of a common methodology during data aggregation ensures coherent data. Higher-level aggregations (type of construction and regional breakdown) are calculated from detailed data according to the list of construction use purposes.
Cost of statistical activity 4.5 thousand euros (data for 2018)
17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.
17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.
The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available.
18. Statistical processing
18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.
The following data are received from the Register of Construction Works:
granted building permits and completed dwellings (number and floor area) by type of construction, county and type of residential building;
number and floor area of completed dwellings by number of rooms and facilities available in dwellings (water supply system, sewerage, central heating, hot water, fixed bath/shower – previous year's data);
granted building permits and completed non-residential buildings (number, usable floor area and volume) by type of construction, county and type of building);
granted building permits and completed civil engineering works, area (distance) under civil engineering works by type of construction, county and type of civil engineering works.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.
18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.
Data are obtained from the register of construction works via an FTP-server.
18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods.
18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.
Microdata are aggregated to the level necessary for analysis. This includes aggregating the data according to the classification, and calculating various statistical measures.
The collected data are converted into statistical output.
18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.
Adjustment is carried out for the time series of dwelling and non-residential building completions. Time series are seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle is estimated.