Planning circulars

This collection brings together all documents relating to planning circulars.

Planning circulars provide non-statutory advice and guidance on particular issues to expand on subjects referred to in legislation.

They are used to explain policy and regulation more fully. Many circulars are quasi-legislative and include a direction or requirement to take specific action or provide guidance on implementation of aspects of planning policy.


Published 29 June 2011
Last updated 24 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added The Conservation Areas Direction 2015 and Arrangements for handling heritage applications Direction 2015.
  2. Added 'The Town and Country Planning (Demolition - Description of Buildings) Direction 2014' and 'Direction to local planning authorities in England to consult the Garden History Society'.
  3. First published.