Planning regulates the use and building of areas. Plans guide, for example, the placing of dwellings, jobs and parks, as well as traffic in the city. There are three different levels of planning: the regional plan, master plan and city plan (local detailed plan). The more general plan serves as the model when preparing the more detailed plans.
Planning is regulated by national objectives set for land use and approved by the Government, as well as the Land Use and Building Act and Land Use and Building Decree.
The regional plan formulated and approved by the Regional Council is validated by the Ministry of the Environment. The municipality formulates and approves local master plans and local detailed plans.