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Law Search

This section provides a list of key legislation on planning and building works for England and Wales. The list is not meant to be exhaustive and does not cover all amending regulations and orders. You'll find full lists of legislation for England and Wales on the Planning Portal: see Related Links box.

Other laws may apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland and we recommend that you seek further legal advice to ensure that any action taken is in within the law.

Key Planning Legislation

Acts of Parliament

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

Localism Act 2011

Planning Act 2008

Housing Act 2004

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Housing Act 1996

Planning and Compensation Act 1991

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Statutory Instruments

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004

The Town and Country Planning (Major Infrastructure Project Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2005

Building related legislation

Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Building Act 1984

Building Regulations 2010

The Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010

The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010

Environmental Legislation

European legislation

Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive, codified version)

UK legislation - England & Wales

Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

Environment Act 1995

Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011

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