Principles of application of norms to planning activities from February 11, 2024 in Vietnam

Principles of application of norms to planning activities from February 11, 2024 in Vietnam
Trần Thanh Rin

On December 31, 2023, the Minister of Planning and Investment of Vietnam promulgated Circular No. 21/2023/TT-BKHDT on amendments to Circular No. 08/2019/TT-BKHDT guiding the norms for planning activities.

Principles of application of norms to planning activities from February 11, 2024 in Vietnam 

Specifically, from February 11, 2024 onward, the application of norms to planning activities shall comply with the following principles: 

- The norm prescribed in Circular No. 08/2019/TT-BKHDT shall be the maximum norm for the implementation of work contents regarding formulation, appraisal, decision or approval, disclosure, and adjustment to planning. 

- The norm for the planning for social infrastructure networks (including national defense and security infrastructures) shall be determined based on the standard sector planning for social fields; planning for regions and provinces shall be determined based on standard regions and provinces. The norm for each sector and field concerning social infrastructure and each specific region and province shall be adjusted following the guidelines prescribed in Appendix I of Circular No. 08/2019/TT-BKHDT (amended by Circular No. 21/2023/TT-BKHDT).

(Previously, the norms for the planning for the networks of social infrastructures and national defense and security infrastructures, regional planning, and provincial planning shall be determined based on the standard sector, standard region, and standard province and adjusted according to the guidelines prescribed in Appendix I of Circular No. 08/2019/TT-BKHDT)

- According to the requirements for tasks of formulating planning, in case it is necessary to carry out basic investigation operations, apply the norm prescribed by current laws, and present it to a competent authority for a decision.

Norms for planning activities are stipulated by 2 stages: 

(1) Norms formulating, appraising and approving planning tasks include: 

- Norms for direct operations; 

- Norms for indirect operations.

 (2) Norms for formulating, appraising and deciding or approving, announcing and adjusting planning include:

- Norms for direct operations; 

- Norms for indirect operations;

- Norms for the formulation of standard planning components and proposed contents; 

- Norms for strategic environmental assessment. 

See more details in Circular No. 21/2023/TT-BKHDT, effective as of February 11, 2024. 

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