Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172) & Order [As At 20th October 2021]

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  Town And Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172)



[AS AT 20th October 2021]

An Act for the proper control and regulation of town and country planning in Peninsular Malaysia and for purposes connected therewith or ancillary thereto.

Detailed Contents of Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172) & Order:

The Town and Country Planning Act of 1976 (Act 172) is a piece of legislation that controls how Malaysian towns and cities are planned for and developed. In order to encourage sustainable development, safeguard the environment, and enhance the standard of living for all Malaysians, it puts out a framework for the regulation and control of land use, development, and building activities.

The Act is broken up into a number of sections, each of which covers a different area of town and country planning. The following are some of the Act's most important provisions:
Part I: Preliminary
The definitions of terminology used in the Act are provided in this section, which also outlines the Act's goals and boundaries.

Part II: Administration
The National Physical Planning Council, which would advise the government on issues pertaining to town and country planning, is established by this section. It also outlines the responsibilities and authority of the Act's administrator, the Director General of Town and Country Planning.

Part III: Development Plan

At this step, development plans must be created for each local authority region in Malaysia. These plans lay forth the guidelines and ideas for how the land will be used, developed, and preserved throughout the region. At least once every five years, the development plan needs to be evaluated and modified.

Section IV: Land Use and Development Control
This section describes the steps for requesting planning permission as well as any conditions that might be included. Additionally, it allows for the enforcement of planning restrictions, including the ability to halt unpermitted growth.

Part IV: Control of Development and Use of Land
This section allows the government to purchase land for public projects like building roads or public structures. It outlines the steps for acquiring land as well as the compensation that must be given to the landowner.

Part V: Acquisition of Land for Public Purposes
This section outlines the penalties for a number of Act violations, such as carrying out development without a permit, disobeying a planning requirement, and interfering with an authorised officer as they carry out their duties.

Subsidiary legislation, such as the Town and Country Planning (Development) Order 1976, supports the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172) in its implementation. The specific steps for requesting planning permission are outlined in this Order, together with the information that must be included, the costs that must be paid, and the deadlines for processing the request. It also enables the Minister of Housing and Local Government to hear appeals of planning decisions.

Town And Country Planning Act Contains:

Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172)
Federal Territory of Labuan (Extension and Modification of Town and Country Planning Act 1976) Order 2010 

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