Department for Planning

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

The department’s area of responsibility includes management tasks under the Building and Planning relating to urban development, municipal land-use planning, environmental impact analyses and county planning. 

Important tasks are development of legislation, development and dissemination of national goals and interests in regional and local planning, approval of county and partial county plans, dealing with complaints, advice in relation to use of the planning system, policy development for sustainable cities and towns, following up national guidelines for land-use and transport planning and following up national regulations concerning a temporary ban on building of new shopping centres outside urban builtup areas.

The department is also responsible for national mapping and geodata policy and is responsible for the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Section for Land Use Policy and Municipal Planning

  • Section for Urban Development

  • Section for Spatial Information and Analysis

  • Section for Environmental Assessment and Community Development