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version of the framework published in 2012 will continue to apply, as will any previous guidance which has been superseded since the new framework was published in July 2018.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 for older and disabled people
  25. Housing: optional technical standards
  26. Land affected by contamination
  27. Land stability
  28. Lawful development certificates
  29. Light pollution
  30. Making an application
  31. Minerals
  32. Natural environment
  33. Neighbourhood planning
  34. Noise
  35. Open space, sports and recreation facilities, public rights of way and local green space
  36. Permission in principle
  37. Plan-making
  38. Planning obligations
  39. Renewable and low carbon energy
  40. Rural housing
  41. Self-build and custom housebuilding
  42. Starter Homes
  43. Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal
  44. Transport evidence bases in plan making and decision taking
  45. Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements
  46. Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas
  47. Use of planning conditions
  48. Viability
  49. Waste
  50. Water supply, wastewater and water quality
  51. 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 26 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added Housing for older and disabled people
  2. Updated guidance on 'Neighbourhood planning' and 'Viability'.
  3. Added a link to a user feedback survey
  4. 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'.
  5. Added 'Housing Delivery Test measurement rule book'.
  6. Added guidance on 'Brownfield land registers' and 'Permission in principle'.
  7. First published.