Serbia - UUS

Udruzenje urbanista Srbije (UUS)

ECTP-CEU member since: 24.11.2009
Amount of own members:
President: Mr Dušan Minić
Delegate(s): Dr Ratka Čolić
Milica Joksić
Dr Tatjana Mrđenović
Contacts: Knez Miloševa 9/1
11000 Beograd
tel: +381 11 3347 418
fax: +381 11 3347 418
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Annual UUS reports to ECTP-CEU

Serbia’s projects presented by UUS to the ECTP-CEU European and Regional Planning Awards:

2008 - 7th Edition:

  • The Urban Reconstruction of the Danube Coastal Side in Central Belgrade Area

2010 - 8th Edition:

  • Nature to Share

Country Factsheet for Serbia (.rs)
ECTP-CEU Study Profession qualification Recognition - Stage II document - Appendix 4 Draft Directory (2012-12-21)

General Country Information

Capital City Belgrade
Population 7,041,599
Area (km2) 88,361 km2 (77,474 km2 excluding Kosovo)
Population Density 92.8 per km2
EU Membership Serbia is not a member of EU. Negotiations to join the EU commenced in 2014.

Serbia is a parliamentary republic with a multi-party system.

The country is subdivided into five statistical regions (regia) of the NUTS 3 level. Serbia is composed of 29 districts (okruzi), 150 municipalities (opštine) and 23 cities (gradovi) with more than 100,000 inhabitants. These administrative divisions form the basic units of local self-government. The City of Belgrade constitutes an additional district. With the exception of Belgrade, which has an elected local government, districts are regional centres of state authority which form administrative divisions of joint municipalities and cities.
Serbia has two autonomous provinces, Vojvodina in the north, and Kosovo and Metohija in the south. The government of Serbia never recognized the Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

The spatial and urban planning matters are shared between the national, regional and local level.

Serbia’s Ministry contacts:

Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure
Nemanjina 22-26
11000 Beograd
T: +381 11 3619 833
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The main Spatial Planning institution at national and regional levels is the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. The internal units of the Ministry branch into several departments. The tasks related to Spatial Planning are covered by the Department for spatial planning, urban development and housing.

Ministry’s organogram:

Planning as a Regulated Profession in Serbia

The Engineering Chamber of Serbia is currently the only body in Serbia which is authorized to issue licenses for an authorized spatial and urban planner, designer and contractor.
Members of the Chamber are engineers of the architectural, construction, mechanical, electrical, transport, technological and other technical professions, as well as graduate spatial planners.
The production of spatial urban plans is managed by the executive planner.

Professional Title:
The common professional name is "Odgovorni planer/ urbanist".

EU Database Status:
The profession of “Odgovorni planer” or executive planner in Serbia is not included in the EU Database of Regulated Professions.

National Regulation:
The Law on Planning and Construction (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, 47/2003 and 34/2006) regulates the establishment of the Serbian Chamber of Engineers with its seat in Belgrade.

Depending on the type of license, the Urban Planner is responsible for managing the making of urban plans and urban projects, urban road plans and urban infrastructure plans.

The Law on Planning and Construction (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 72/2009)

Regional regulation:

Universities with approved planning trainings in Serbia

The courses leading to the profession of “Odgovorni planer”, or executive planner, are Third Level Degree in Planning. In Serbia, these courses are provided by:
• University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography
The Faculty holds a Bachelor a three-year study programme and a two-year Master study programme in Spatial Planning, which include:
• Environmental Principles of Spatial Planning
• Regional Development and Transport
• Planning Theory
• Regional Planning
• Strategic Urban Planning
• Spatial Plan Preparation Process
• Environmental Planning
• GIS in Spatial Planning
• Rural Planning
• Urban Ecology
• Urban Economics
• Urban and Rural Geography
• History of Spatial Planning
• Land Use Planning
• Strategic Spatial Planning

The curriculum is intended to prepare spatial planners to work in governmental and local bodies, professional institutions and public or private firms. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge from different scientific disciplines with a spatial dimension.
• University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture
The Faculty features a two-year Master study programme in Urbanism, which focuses on the topics of:
• Contemporary Urban Phenomena
• Urban Planning
• Integral Territorial analysis
• Urban Marketing and Management
• The Theory of Urban design
• Sustainable Urban Development
• Urban Design Methodology

• University of Niš, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
The Institute hold three levels of study programmes for Architecture. The study programme covers the fields of architecture and town planning.

Town Planning Press of Serbia
• Spatium
• Arhitektura i urbanizam
• Urbanality
• 360beograd
• Beobuild
• a4a
• Arhitektura
• build

Country regulation:


Based on the Law on Planning and Construction (Official Gazette of Republic of Serbia br. 72/09, 81/09-correction, 64/10US and 24/11) the documents of spatial and urban planning are divided between the three main competent levels in Serbia:
• The National Level
• The Regional Level
• The Local Level

The Planning documents are spatial and urban plans. Spatial plans are:
• The Spatial plan of the Republic of Serbia (SDS),
• The Regional spatial plan (RSP),
• The Municipal Spatial plan (MSP),
• The Spatial plan for Areas of Special Purposes (SPASP).

The National Level:
The Spatial plan of the Republic of Serbia (SDS) is the basic planning document of spatial planning and development in the country on the national level. Other planning documents must be in line with the Spatial Plan of Serbia.

The Regional Level:
The Regional Spatial plan (RSP) is developed for large spatial areas of administrative, functional, geographical or statistical nature. It is directed towards common goals and projects of regional development. The regional spatial plan develops goals and determines the rational use of space, in line with neighbouring regions and municipalities.

The Local Level:
The Municipal Spatial plan (MSP) is adopted for the territory of the local government and sets guidelines for development of activities and land use, but also the conditions for sustainable and balanced development. The Spatial plan for Areas of Special Purposes (SPASP) is issued for areas that due to natural, cultural, historical or environmental values, require a special mode of organization, development, use and protection of space or that as such is regulated by the Spatial Plan of Serbia.

Spatial Planning documents search engine:


• Parliament of the Republic, County Assembly, City Assembly, Town Council or Assembly.


Information, consultation and dialogue
The Principles of Development and Use of Space of the Law on Planning and Construction include the principles on the public participation. Horizontal coordination implies linking with adjacent territories during planning, as well as the networking and participation of all those involved in spatial development of the public and civil sectors, and citizens.

Public participation is ensured by the public review of the draft plans and the professional review. The presentation of the planning document for public insight is made after the professional verification is completed. The presentation of the planning document for public insight is announced in a daily and local newspaper, and lasts 30 days from the day of announcement. The presentation of the planning document for public insight is overseen by the local administration agency. In the event that the Plans Committee establishes that the adopted remarks essentially change the planning document, it brings a decision instructing the bearer of the preparation to prepare a new draft, or concept of the planning document.


Main Planning legislation
Zakonom o planiranju i izgradnji (Sl. glasnik RS, br. 72/2009, 81/2009 - isp., 64/2010 – odluka US,24/2011, 121/2012, 42/2013 - odluka US, 50/2013 - odluka US, 98/2013 -odluka US, 132/2014 i 145/2014)
(basic provisions)
(1) This Law regulates: the conditions and modalities of spatial planning and development, the development and use of buildable land and the construction of facilities; carrying out supervision over the application of this Law and supervisory inspections; other issues of significance in the development of space, landscaping and use of buildable land, and the construction of facilities.
(3) The development and use of space is based on the following principles: sustainable development; the encouragement of even regional development; reconciliation of social development, economic and energy efficiency and the protection and revitalization of the environment and building heritage, natural, cultural and historic values; the realization of developmental priorities and the securing of conditions for rational use of non-renewable natural resources and renewable sources of energy; prevention and protection from natural and technical/technological accidents; planning and development of space for the defence needs of the country and the construction of facilities of particular significance in the defence of the country; the participation of the public; cooperation between government agencies, autonomous territorial communities, units of local administration, business associations, establishments, NGOs citizens and other participants in spatial development; reconciliation with European standards and norms in the area of planning and development of space with the aim of creating conditions for international cooperation which transcends borders, and the inclusion of the Republic of Serbia in the processes of European integration.

Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure:
Serbian Town Planner Association:
Republic Agency for Spatial Planning:
Association of Spatial Planners of Serbia:
Chamber of Engineers - Section for Planners:
Institute of Urbanism Belgrade:

Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS)