The Department of Town & Country Planning, Haryana is the nodal department to enable regulated urban development in the State of Haryana. The policies of the department aim at encouraging a healthy competition amongst various private developers and public sector entities for integrated planned urban development. The department also renders advisory services to various Departments / Corporations / Boards such HUDA, Housing Board, HSIIDC, Marketing Board. To name a few major functions of the department are given as under:-
1. Prevention of unauthorized and haphazard construction and regulation of planned urban development under the provision of Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Act, 1963 by declaring controlled areas around towns and public institutions preparation of their development plans and sectoral plans for planned urban development.
2. To regulate the development of colonies in order to prevent ill-planned and haphazard urbanization in or around the towns under the provision of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.
3. Prevention of unauthorized constructions and regulation of planned urban development under the provision of the Punjab New Capital Periphery (Control) (Haryana Amendment) Act,1971 applicable around Chandigarh in Panchkula District.
To cater to needs of society, Haryana Urban Development Authority; a statutory body is executing the urban development projects in various towns. However in order to meet the requirement of different uses, the department is also granting licenses to the private colonizers to develop residential and commercial colonies in urban areas under the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975. Apart from HUDA, other agencies involved in the urban development of the state are Housing Board, Marketing Board and HSIIDC.
Since a significant portion of the State falls in National Capital Region Haryana, the department also co-ordinates with the NCR planning Board for formulation and implementation of development plans aimed at integrated regional development within National Capital Region.