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Professional standards

Professional Conduct

All members of the RTPI are bound by a Code of Professional Conduct which applies to all of their professional activities.

The Code dictates that every member whether a corporate member, a student member or any other kind of RTPI member acts with competence, honesty and integrity, and exercises independent professional judgement at all times.

It also requires members to promote equality of opportunity and prohibits any discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability or age. There are also other requirements set out in the Code.

Download the Code of Professional Conduct for full information on this topic.

Download the Complaints Procedures

The Chartered Object of the Royal Town Planning Institute is to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public. It is the purpose of this Code to ensure that in all their professional activities members of the Royal Town Planning Institute:

  • shall act with competence, honesty and integrity;
  • shall fearlessly and impartially exercise their independent professional judgement to the best of their skill and understanding;
  • shall discharge their duty to their employers, clients, colleagues and others with due care and diligence in accordance with the provisions of this Code;
  • shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability or age and shall seek to eliminate such discrimination by others and to promote equality of opportunity;
  • shall not bring the profession or the Royal Town Planning Institute into disrepute.

To this end the Board of Trustees has drawn up the undermentioned numbered clauses which spell out in more detail the requirements of this Code. These requirements shall apply notwithstanding any permission or agreement to the contrary by or with the client or body employing or consulting any member.

In this Code the word 'member' means every corporate member, non-corporate member, honorary member and student of the Institute as defined by the Byelaws of the Institute. Words importing the singular number include the plural and vice versa.