Društvo urbanistov in prostorskih planerjev Slovenije (DUPPS) Town and Spatial planning association of Slovenija (TSPAS)
ECTP-CEU member since: 2000
Amount of own members: Aprrox. 90
President: dr. Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek
Delegate(s): mag. Miran Gajšek
Contacts: Karlovška 3
tel: +386 41 635 569
e-mail: email@example.com / Alma.Zavodnik-Lamovsek@fgg.uni-lj.si
Annual DUPPS reports to ECTP-CEU
Slovenia’s projects presented by DUPPS to the ECTP-CEU European and Regional Planning Awards:
2002 – 4th Edition:
• Spatial Development Plan of Maribor (Slovenia) : Special mention
2004 – 5th Edition:
• Town-Planning Concept in Connection with Public Transport along the Corridor of the Light-rail Line Ljubljana-Kamnik (Slovenia): Special mention
2008 – 7th Edition:
• Target Research Studies – A Basis for the Preparation of the New Spatial Plan of the City of Ljubljana (Slovenia): Special mention
2010 – 8th Edition:
• Ljubljana – Urban design quarry Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2012 – 9th Edition:
• Municipal spatial plan of the City of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2016 – 11th Edition:
• Revitalizing Water Mills to obtain renewable energy (Slovenia)
Country Factsheet for Slovenia (.si)
ECTP-CEU Study Profession qualification Recognition – Stage II document – Appendix 4 Draft Directory (2012-12-21)
General Country Information
Capital City Ljubljana
Area (km2) 20,273
Population Density 101.8 per km2
EU Membership Slovenia joined what is now known as the EU in 2004.
Slovenia is a republic under a parliamentary system.
There is no official Intermediate unit between the municipalities and the Republic of Slovenia. The 62 administrative districts, officially called « Administrative Units » (upravne enote), are only territorial sub-units of government administration. Slovenia is subdivided into 212 municipalities (eleven of which have the status of urban municipalities). The municipalities are the only bodies of local autonomy in Slovenia; the spatial and urban planning matters are shared between those administrative levels. The spatial planning documents define policies on land development, the range of possible interventions in space and the conditions and criteria for their implementation.
Slovenia’s Ministry contacts:
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Dunajska c. 48
T: +386 1 478 70 00
F: +386 1 478 74 25
General guidelines and principles of urban planning have already been included in Slovenia’s strategic documents, such as the Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia, the Spatial Order of Slovenia and the National Housing Programme.
Planning as a Regulated Profession in Slovenia
The profession is considered as part of engineering and architectural professions and is regulated by the ZAPS, the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia.
An ‘authorized spatial planner’ or “Pooblaščeni prostorski načrtovalec” independently creates development plans, municipal strategic plans, regional and national spatial plans. This licence is available for the graduates from the fields of Urbanism, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography and Civil engineering.
The common professional name is » Pooblaščeni prostorski načrtovalec « .
EU Database Status:
The profession of “Pooblaščeni prostorski načrtovalec” in Slovenia is included in the EU Database of Regulated Professions.
Indirect through the professional chamber of Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS), which holds a register of those allowed to practice under this title.
Building construction and Civil Engineering act (ZGO-1): http://www.pisrs.si/Pis.web/pregledPredpisa?id=ZAKO3490#
Universities with approved trainings in Slovenia
The courses leading to the profession of “Pooblaščeni prostorski načrtovalec”, or ‘authorized spatial planner’, are Third Level Degree in Planning.
In Slovenia, these courses are provided by:
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture
The Faculty holds a Bachelor three year study programme in Urbanism and a Master two year study programme in Urbanism, which include:
• Urban planning and Urban design
• Urban Ecology
• Urban Sociology
• Rural Planning
• Municipal infrastructure
• History and Theory of Architecture
• History and Theory of Urbanism
• Regional and Structural Policy
• Regional Planning and Regional Development
• Spatial Economics and Management
• Urban and Architectural renovation
• Traffic System Planning
• Landscape Architecture
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civic and Geodetic Engineering
The Master in spatial planning is a two year study programme, which includes:
• Planning Theory
• Regional and Structural Policy
• Regional Spatial Planning
• Rural planning
• Infrastructural systems
• Property law
• Municipal Economics and Housing Policies
• Real Estate Management
• Rural Planning
• Urban planning
Town Planning Press of Slovenia
• Urbani izziv
• Journal AR Architecture
• Creativity Game journal
• Oris (Croatian publisher)
Spatial planning documents are national, municipal and inter-municipal spatial planning acts:
• The National Level (SPRS, DPN)
The two national spatial planning documents are the ‘Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia’
(SPRS) and the ‘National spatial plan’ (DPN). Long-term strategic vision guiding of the spatial
development is the basis of all other plans.
• The Regional Level (RPP)
‘Regional spatial plan’ (RPP) is used for the implementation of the regional development program
in accordance with regulations on the promotion of balanced regional development, which require
spatial development planning of regional importance. It is a highly technical spatial document;
usually a formal planning document for a homogeneous, territorial unit.
• The Local or Municipal Level (OPP, OPN, OPPN)
Municipal spatial planning documents are the ‘Municipal strategic spatial plan’ (OPP), Municipal
spatial plan (OPN) and ‘Municipal detailed local plan’ (OPPN). Municipal strategic spatial plan and
Municipal spatial planare spatial planning documents, which, taking into account the guidelines
of the national spatial planning documents and the municipal development needs and protection
requirements, determines the objectives and guidelines for spatial development of the
municipality, the spatial arrangements of local significance, and determine the conditions of
placing buildings in space. Detailed municipal spatial plan (OPPN) provides the basis for
obtaining a building permit.
• Parliament of the Republic, National Assembly, City Assembly, Town Council or Assembly.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNICATION
Information, consultation and dialogue
In the planning process the competent state and municipal authorities are to allow the expression
of the interests of individuals, groups and the participation of all interested parties in the process
of preparing and adopting spatial planning acts.
Everyone has the right to be informed about the procedures of drafting spatial planning
documents and the procedures involved in these initiatives and opinions.
The State and Municipal authorities in charge are to enable everyone an insight into the spatial
planning documents and their expert papers and other documents related to spatial planning, as
well as on matters of spatial planning to inform the public.
In the process of the drafting of the municipal spatial plan the Municipality is required to enable
the public to be acquainted with the amended draft public exhibition, which lasts at least 30 days
and during this time to ensure a public debate.
This public participation continues during its implementation, and even if it is reduced to the
neighbours, they have a significant power of influence, including the right to a suspensive appeal.
• Spatial Planning Act adopted in 2017 (OG RS no. 61/17 – ZUreP-2) and its updates in 2021 (OG
RS no. 199/21 – ZureP-3)
• Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to
justice in environmental matters – Aarhus Convention (OG RS, No. 62/04)
• Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia (2004)
• Act regarding the siting of spatial arrangements of national significance in physical space (OG
RS , no. 80/10)
Main Planning legislation
In 2017, Slovenia has re-introduced a general spatial planning framework by adopting the
revised Spatial Planning Act and in 2021 adopted its updates in some particular elements. Spatial
planning now covers territorial and urban planning at national, regional and municipal
levels, spatial measures, instruments and land-use measures, land policy, monitoring
and spatial information system.
Spatial Planning Act adopted in 2017 (OG RS no. 61/17 – ZUreP-2) Zakon o urejanju prostora
(ZUreP-2) (Uradni list RS, št. 61/17) and its updates in 2021 (OG RS no. 199/21 – ZureP-3)
Now, the principles or regional planning and of separation of strategic planning and detailed
plans have been re-introduced. Spatial Planning Act recognises the following types of spatial
• National Spatial Development Strategy – the document defines the vision, long-term goals and
concept of spatial development of Slovenia;
• National Spatial Plan – the plan covers planning of state infrastructure facilities or another
intervention of national importance;
• Detailed National Spatial Plan – as an option in specific cases;
• National Spatial Order – the document defines rules governing spatial development in general;
• A Regional Spatial Plan – the plan defines spatial development strategy covering several
• Municipal Spatial Plan – the plan covers the entire territory of a municipality and prescribes land
use and urban planning conditions for construction;
• Detailed Municipal Spatial Plan – the plan covers detailed spatial arrangements for municipal
infrastructure facilities or other spatial interventions.
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning:
Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia:
Town Spatial Planning Association of Slovenia:
Urban planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia:
Regulated Profession Database of the European Commission: