Bad Ems (dpa / lrs) - In Rhineland-Palatinate, so few non-residential buildings were approved last year than in years.
The State Statistical Office in Bad Ems announced on Monday that there were a total of 1247 permits.
That is eight percent less than the year before.
According to the authority, the level fell below the lowest value from 2009 with 1276 permits.
Non-residential construction includes, among other things, commercial, warehouse and factory buildings, workshops, hotels and restaurants.
These non-agricultural business buildings made up almost 61 percent of the approved new buildings.
The other buildings were farm buildings, office and administration buildings, and institutional buildings.
Since there has been a downward trend in these building permits in non-residential construction for years, the corona pandemic should not be the only explanation, the state office said.
Meanwhile, the costs per construction project rose by a good 20 percent.
They were now around 1.15 million euros.
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