Urban planning system of Bahamas

The territorial planning in the Bahamas takes place on the national and local level through different types of plans. The framework for land use, pertaining to different administrative levels, has been included in the national legislation. The various objectives relating to land administration, infrastructure and sustainable environment have been increasingly incorporated into the national development strategies, which can be seen as paving a way for future advancements in this area.

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Planning instruments

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Legal base

Constitutional analysis

Whereas every person in The Bahamas is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the...


(1) Except with his consent, no person shall be subjected to the search of his person or his property or the entry by others on his premises.   (2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this Article to th...


(1) No property of any description shall be compulsorily taken possession of, and no interest in or right over property of any description shall be compulsorily acquired, except where the following conditions are satisfied, that is to say —   (a) the taking of possession or acquisition ...

Role of the National Government in planning

15. National Land Use Development Policies.   (1) The Governor-General may, from time to time, adopt National Land Use Development Policies on matters relating to land use planning that are of national interest. ...

Art. 6

Department of Physical Planning.  There shall be a Department of Physical Planning which shall consist of a Director of Physical Planning and such other officers, who shall be subject to the general direction and control of the Minister.    ...

Art. 7

Director of Physical Planning.  (1)  The Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, shall appoint an officer to be called the Director of Physical Planning, who, shall be the technical adviser to the Minister and the chief executive officer ...

Role of the Supralocal Government in planning
Country's definition of planning
Role of the Subnational Government in planning
Role of Local Government in planning

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, each town committee of a town area in a district shall have, in relation to that town area, the following functions, namely —   (a) in conformity with national standards —   (i) to provide for general health and sanitation, including ...


(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law but subject to subsections (2) and (3), each Council of a district (other than a district specified in the Third Schedule) —   (e) shall carry out, in relation to that district, such functions in respect of —   (i) the formulation of t...