The total value of these permits decreased 26.9% while the total area fell 28.3% providing for 32.9% fewer dwelling units.
The total value of those permits was €715.4 million down from €978.8m in 2013.
The Statistical Service said that the number of building permits authorised by local authorities during October alone stood at 466.
The total value of these permits reached €74.1 million and the total area covered was 70,100 square metres. These building permits provide for the construction of 271 homes.
Building permits constitute a leading indicator of future activity in the construction sector.