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 revised on 24 July 2018. It sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

Download the full policy document.

Where plans are being prepared under the transitional arrangements set out in Annex 1 to the revised National Planning Policy Framework, the policies in the previous version of the framework published in 2012 will continue to apply, as will any previous guidance which has been superseded since the new framework was published in July 2018. If you’d like an email alert when changes are made to planning guidance please subscribe.

Planning practice guidance categories

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

  1. Advertisements
  2. Air quality
  3. Appeals
  4. Before submitting an application
  5. Brownfield land registers
  6. Build to rent
  7. Climate change
  8. Community Infrastructure Levy
  9. Conserving and enhancing the historic environment
  10. Consultation and pre-decision matters
  11. Crown development
  12. Design
  13. Determining a planning application
  14. Ensuring effective enforcement
  15. Ensuring the vitality of town centres
  16. Environmental Impact Assessment
  17. Fees for planning applications
  18. Flexible options for planning permissions
  19. Flood risk and coastal change
  20. Hazardous substances
  21. Health and wellbeing
  22. Housing and economic land availability assessment
  23. Housing and economic needs assessment
  24. Housing: optional technical standards
  25. Land affected by contamination
  26. Land stability
  27. Lawful development certificates
  28. Light pollution
  29. Making an application
  30. Minerals
  31. Natural environment
  32. Neighbourhood planning
  33. Noise
  34. Open space, sports and recreation facilities, public rights of way and local green space
  35. Permission in principle
  36. Plan-making
  37. Planning obligations
  38. Renewable and low carbon energy
  39. Rural housing
  40. Self-build and custom housebuilding
  41. Starter Homes
  42. Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal
  43. Transport evidence bases in plan making and decision taking
  44. Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements
  45. Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas
  46. Use of planning conditions
  47. Viability
  48. Waste
  49. Water supply, wastewater and water quality
  50. When is permission required?

Other planning policies

  1. Housing Delivery Test measurement rule book
  2. National planning policy for waste
  3. Planning policy for traveller sites
  4. Planning for schools development: statement
Published 29 November 2016
Last updated 9 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on 'Neighbourhood planning' and 'Viability'.
  2. Added a link to a user feedback survey
  3. Added new guidance on 'Build to rent' and 'Plan-making'. Updated guidance on 'Housing need assessment', 'Housing and economic land availability assessment', 'Local Plans' and 'Neighbourhood Planning'.
  4. Added 'Housing Delivery Test measurement rule book'.
  5. Added guidance on 'Brownfield land registers' and 'Permission in principle'.
  6. First published.