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Town planning is used to regulate land use and construction. A plan defines how residential areas, workplaces, green areas, transportation and traffic and other components of the city are laid out.

Town planning is divided into different planning levels. The more general plan dictates planning on more detailed levels.

A city plan is the overall plan for land use and the organization of transportation and traffic. It covers the entire city. The city plan is revised at about ten-year intervals in Helsinki.

Detailed plans regulate the uses of the area and scope of construction. The regulations define building heights, street widths and other matters that impact the structure of the area and cityscape. A detailed plan can cover an entire residential area or only one site. Construction can begin after a detailed plan has been approved by the City Council, goes into effect and is legally binding.

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Finnish, Swedish


Contact info and service points:


Urban Environment Division

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