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Planning practice guidance

The National Planning Policy Framework and relevant planning practice guidance.

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

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Planning practice guidance categories

We have revised and updated planning practice guidance to make it accessible.

  1. Advertisements

    • Guidance
  2. Air quality

    • Guidance
  3. Appeals

    • Guidance
  4. Before submitting an application

    • Guidance
  5. Brownfield land registers

    • Guidance
  6. Climate change

    • Guidance
  7. Community Infrastructure Levy

    • Guidance
  8. Conserving and enhancing the historic environment

    • Guidance
  9. Consultation and pre-decision matters

    • Guidance
  10. Crown development

    • Guidance
  11. Design

    • Guidance
  12. Determining a planning application

    • Guidance
  13. Duty to cooperate

    • Guidance
  14. Ensuring effective enforcement

    • Guidance
  15. Ensuring the vitality of town centres

    • Guidance
  16. Environmental Impact Assessment

    • Guidance
  17. Fees for planning applications

    • Guidance
  18. Flexible options for planning permissions

    • Guidance
  19. Flood risk and coastal change

    • Guidance
  20. Hazardous substances

    • Guidance
  21. Health and wellbeing

    • Guidance
  22. Housing and economic development needs assessments

    • Guidance
  23. Housing and economic land availability assessment

    • Guidance
  24. Housing: optional technical standards

    • Guidance
  25. Land affected by contamination

    • Guidance
  26. Land stability

    • Guidance
  27. Lawful development certificates

    • Guidance
  28. Light pollution

    • Guidance
  29. Local Plans

    • Guidance
  30. Making an application

    • Guidance
  31. Minerals

    • Guidance
  32. Natural environment

    • Guidance
  33. Neighbourhood planning

    • Guidance
  34. Noise

    • Guidance
  35. Open space, sports and recreation facilities, public rights of way and local green space

    • Guidance
  36. Permission in principle

    • Guidance
  37. Planning obligations

    • Guidance
  38. Renewable and low carbon energy

    • Guidance
  39. Rural housing

    • Guidance
  40. Self-build and custom housebuilding

    • Guidance
  41. Starter Homes

    • Guidance
  42. Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal

    • Guidance
  43. Transport evidence bases in plan making and decision taking

    • Guidance
  44. Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements

    • Guidance
  45. Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas

    • Guidance
  46. Use of planning conditions

    • Guidance
  47. Viability

    • Guidance
  48. Waste

    • Guidance
  49. Water supply, wastewater and water quality

    • Guidance
  50. When is permission required?

    • Guidance

Other planning policies

  1. National planning policy for waste

    • Policy paper
  2. Planning policy for traveller sites

    • Policy paper
  3. Planning for schools development: statement

    • Policy paper
Published 29 November 2016
Last updated 28 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance on 'Brownfield land registers' and 'Permission in principle'.
  2. First published.