The objects and purposes of the Physical Planning Act (2002)  are: 

(a) to foster the awareness that all persons and organisations owning, occupying and developing land have a duty to use that land with due regard for the wider interests both present and future of society as a whole;
(b) to maintain and improve the quality of the physical environment within which patterns of human settlement are situated in Dominica;
(c) to achieve orderly, economical and beneficial development and use of land and patterns of human settlement;
(d) to assist in the orderly, efficient and equitable planning, allocation and development of the resources of Dominica taking account of all relevant social, economic and environmental factors so as to ensure that the most efficient, equitable and environmentally sustainable use is made of land in the interests of all the people of Dominica;

(e) to provide for the orderly sub-division of land and the provision of services in relation thereto;
(f) to protect and conserve the cultural heritage of Dominica as it finds expression in the natural and the built environment;
(g) to secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings and of others who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings; and

(h) to facilitate a continuous improvement in the quality of life of all the people in Dominica.


April 2002
Instrument type
Laws and regulations