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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.

Do the following

The municipality will provide the appropriate instructions for the parties that would like to take part in the planning process.

To whom and on what terms

All parties whose immediate circumstances or interests are affected by local master planning have the right to take part and have a say in the process.

Background information

The purpose of the local master plan is to lay out how the municipality plans to use regions and allocate land for housing, working life, traffic, recreation and other activities. Provisions on local master plans are contained in the Land Use and Building Act.

A municipality can draw up the local master plan alone or in cooperation with neighbouring municipalities (joint master plan).

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 7/2/2020