New Law for Urban Planning

On the 2-9-13 was gazzeted the new Urban Planning Law, applicable to the elaboration, approval, execution, revision and modification of urban plans.

The objective of the Law is to promote the improvement of the population life quality through, inter alia, the:

  • Promotion of a harmonious and sustainable urban development.
  • Promotion of the protection of the properties classified as cultural heritage.
  • Promotion of the living environment.
  • The land rational use.
  • Promotion of the nature conservation and the preservation of the environmental balance.    (Portuguese Version)    (Chinese Version)    (Bilingual Version)

The Urban Planning is done through two essential documents:

  • The master plan (“plano director”) and the detailed plan (“plano de pormenor”).
    • The master plan defines the planning for the Territory as a whole, in accordance with the Macau SAR development plans, strategic guidelines, and regional insertion. The master plan determines, inter alia, the urban zonings, the organization of the public infrastructures and equipments, the general conditions for the soil use, and the guidelines for protection of the environment, nature and ecological balance and the detailed plan.
    • The detailed plan, within the limits defined by the master plan, determines, inter alia, in a detailed manner, for each area of the territory, as defined in the master plan, the urban planning of the area, the conditions for the soil use, the location of the public infrastructures and public use equipments, the building conditions, and urban design plans.

The elaboration of Urban Plans are determined by Order of the Chief Executive, published in the Macau Official Gazette, with the establishment of the objectives pursued by the plan, and are elaborated by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (“DSSOPT”) in coordination with others Public Administration Services.

In the elaboration of the urban plans DSSOPT should divulge the plans, expose and explain to the public the content of the same and hear the population´s opinion through a public consultation.

The land owners and land concessionaries that can be affected by the detailed plan can participate in the elaboration of the same providing their opinion and suggestions to the DSSOPT.

The urban plans are approved through complementary administrative regulation and are mandatory, in all their content, to public and private entities.

The Law determines the creation of an electronic data base through which the plans are made public and can be freely accessed by the population.

The Law enters into force on the 1st of March 2014, with the exception of Section 15 that entered into force the day after the publication of the Law, thereby creating the Urban Planning Committee.    (Portuguese Version)    (Chinese Version)    (Bilingual Version)