The Town and Country Planning Department

Is a government institution established in 1945 by the passage of the town and country planning ordinance, 1945 (Cap 84). It was established basically to promote orderly and efficient management of all human settlements in Ghana.

Under the local government act, 1993 act 462, the Town and Country Planning Department was charged with the overall planning and development control within its jurisdiction. Other legislative instrument which backs the establishment of the department includes

• The Local government act 1993, (Act 462);
• National Development Planning Commission Act, 1994 (Act 479);
• National Development Planning (Systems) Act, 1994 (Act 480)
• National Building Regulation, 1996 (LI 1630)
• Town and Country Planning Ordinance, 1945 (Cap 84).

Why was it created as a government institution?
• It was created as a government institution to assist government in the formulation of overall government goals for the integration of social, economic and physical development for the country.

• Assist government to formulate and implement policies on human settlement developments and other related issues in Ghana.

• It was also to coordinate the diverse/various types of uses and development of land undertaken by various departments and agencies of government as well as private developers.

At what levels of Government will you find the Department?

It can be found at the District, Municipal, Metropolitan, Regional and the National level.
The provisions of the Civil Service Law (PNDC Law 327) and the Local Government Act,(462), decentralized the Department in 1993 with its former Regional and District branches integrated into regional coordinating councils, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly.

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