New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that planning permissions for apartments jumped by 80.2% in the third quarter of this year compared to the same time last year.
The CSO said the number of planning permissions granted for homes in the third quarter stood 10,590 - 5,656 of these were for apartments and 4,934 were for houses - an increase of 1.1%.
Today's figures show that one-off houses accounted for 30.7% of all new homes granted planning permission in the three months from July to September.
They also show that 340 planning permissions were granted for new buildings for agricultural purposes, down from 364 the same time last year.
Meanwhile, total floor area planned for commercial buildings reached 364,000 square metres in the third quarter of 2019, an annual increase of over 73%.