Department of Town and Country Planning

The Department of Town Planning started functioning in 1957 with head quarters at Thiruvananthapuram and regional offices at Ernakulam and Kozhikode, mainly to ensure planned development of urban settlements in the State. In order to ensure the achievement of the above, this Department prepares various spatial development Plans at State, District / Regional and local levels, examines development potentials and advices the Government in matters related to Town Planning. Later, giving due respect to the unique scattered development pattern of settlements as well as the rural urban continuum prevalent in the state, it was decided to widen the field of activity of the Department by covering the rural settlements as well. Accordingly, in 1999, this Department was renamed as the 'Department of Town and Country Planning'.

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