To become a unique, technically capable and proactive entity, able to contribute effectively to the rational development of sustainable human settlements in Ghana.


To plan, manage and promote harmonious, sustainable and cost effective development of human settlements in accordance with sound environmental and planning principles.


The mandate of the department is derived from five main legal instruments, namely;
o Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462);
o National Development Planning Commission Act, 1994 (Act 479);
o National Development Planning (Systems) Act, 1994 (Act 480);
o National Building Regulation, 1996 (L.I. 1630);
o Town and Country Planning Ordinance, 1945 (Cap 84).

The Town & Country Planning Department is, among others, responsible for ;

* Planning and management of the orderly development of human settlements.
* Providing planning services to public authorities and private developers
* Provision of layout plans (planning schemes) to guide orderly development. With the schemes possible conflicts between planned layout, the actual situation on the ground and ownership claims can be detected and resolved. The schemes are important in the concurrence process by the Lands Commission as part of registration of title.

In collaboration with survey department prepare acquisition plans when stool land is being acquired. The formulation of goals and standards relating to the use and development of land, particularly in areas of rapid urban growth. The design of plans and proposals to direct the orderly growth and development of urban and rural settlements in the country.

The co-ordination of the diverse types of physical development promoted by various agencies both Government, quasi government and private developers.  Provision of various forms of planning services to public authorities such as District Councils and private developers aimed at securing the highest possible measure of health, efficiency and order in the physical environment Examination of development plans approval provision of development permit

District Assemblies Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462)

* Responsible for the overall development of their respective areas

Representative of the central government at the local level

* Under Act 463, the assembly is the planning authority and therefore responsible for physical/spatial planning of customary land in conjunction with the Stools.
* Approval of all planning schemes before it can take effect.
* Responsible for development control through the grant of permit for development.