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Town and Country Planning Act booklet
Planning in Wales is governed by Primary Legislation and Subordinate Legislation.

Primary Legislation 

We are now able to create our own primary legislation in Wales. We produced a draft Planning Bill for consultation in December 2013. A Bill will be introduced to the National Assembly for Wales in 2014.

Primary legislation can also be created by Acts of Parliament. Current primary legislation includes:

  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
  • Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990
  • Planning and Compensation Act  1991
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
  • Planning Act 2008.

Subordinate Legislation 

This is contained in Government Orders and Regulations. Current secondary legislation includes:

  • Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) (SI 1995 No 418)
  • Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (the Use Classes Order) (SI 1987 No 764)
  • Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) Regulations 1991 (SI 1991 No 2794)
  • Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 (SI 1992 No 1492)
  • Town and Country Planning Development Management ( Wales) Order 2012

For details of all the above Acts and Orders, please visit the Office of Public Sector Information website (external link).