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Town and Country Planning Act (Cap. 35:01).

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act provides for town and country planning and other planning in relation with development in Trinidad and Tobago. The Act defines duties of the Minister and establishes an Advisory Town Planning Panel. Development plans shall be prepared by the Minister after a general survey. The Act further provides, among other things for: (a) the granting of development permissions; (b) compensation for consequences of planning decisions; (c) planning control and enforcement; and (d) acquisition and disposal of land for planning purposes. Use of land for forestry and agriculture does not constitute development for the purposes of this Act. Matters for which provision may be made in development plans include the preservation of forests and sanctuaries for birds and marine life. The Minister may make Tree Preservation Orders for the preservation of any trees or woodlands in any area.
Long title of text
An Act to make provision for the orderly and progressive development of land in both urban and rural areas and to preserve and improve the amenities thereof; for the grant of permission to develop land and for other powers of control over the use of land; to confer additional powers in respect of the acquisition and development of land for planning; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Entry into force notes
Entered into force on 1 August 1969.
Consolidated version of Act No. 29 of 1960 as updated at 31 December 2011 and authorized last by L.R.O. 1/2006.
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