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Legislation

Town and Country Planning Act booklet
Planning in Wales is governed by Primary Legislation and Subordinate Legislation.

Primary Legislation 

Current primary legislation includes:

  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
  • Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990
  • Planning and Compensation Act 1991
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
  • Planning Act 2008
  • Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

Subordinate Legislation 

This is contained in Government Orders and Regulations. Current secondary legislation includes:

  • Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) (SI 1995 No 418)
  • Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (the Use Classes Order) (SI 1987 No 764)
  • Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) Regulations 1991 (SI 1991 No 2794)
  • Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 (SI 1992 No 1492)
  • Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012

For details of all the above Acts and Orders, please visit the Office of Public Sector Information website (external link).