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Functions of the Department

Functions of the Department
In ensuring the ideal use, development, and conservation of land, PLANMalaysia plays a role through its functions at three levels of goverment: federal, state and local.

Functions at Federal Level

  • To advise the Federal Government on all planning matters related to the use and development of land;
  • To act as the Secretariat to the National Physical Planning Council formed under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172);
  • To encourage comprehensive, effective and efficient planning through planning laws, methodology, research, standards, procedures and planning rules;
  • To translate national socioeconomic policies into physical and spatial strategies/forms based on land use formulae and settlement programmes;
  • To assist state governments, local authorities and government agencies in preparing Development Plans, such as State Structure Plans, District Local Plans and Special Area Plans; and
  • To monitor, update and publish statistics, bulletins and rules related to town and country planning.

Functions at State Level

  • Main advisor to the state government in all planning matters, including the use and development of land;
  • Secretary to the State Planning Committees formed under the Town & Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172);
  • To advise local authorities regarding the policies and control of land use and buildings;
  • To regulate development in the states, including approvals and monitoring of development-plan implementation;
  • To assist state governments in preparing layout plans for special state projects; and
  • To conduct research and studies on land use and development.

Functions at Local Level

  • To plan, coordinate and control the use and development of land and buildings in the local authorities’ areas;
  • To facilitate, assist and encourage the collection, upkeep and publication of statistics, bulletins, monographs and other publications related to town and country planning and its rules; and
  • To perform other related tasks entrusted by the State Authority or the State Planning Committee.

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