Guidance

National Model Design Code

The National Model Design Code provides detailed guidance on the production of design codes, guides and policies to promote successful design.

Applies to England

Documents

Details

​The National Model Design Code sets out clear design parameters to help local authorities and communities decide what good quality design looks like in their area.

The National Model Design Code forms part of the government’s planning practice guidance and expands on the ten characteristics of good design set out in the National design guide, which reflects the government’s priorities and provides a common overarching framework for design.

Published 20 July 2021
Last updated 14 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added zip file of National Model Design Code: Illustrations.

  2. Added html versions of the National Model Design Code part 1 and 2.

  3. Added accessible versions of National Model Design Code: part 1 - the coding process, and National Model Design Code: part 2 - guidance notes.

  4. First published.