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Now in their 45th year, the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence continue to recognise and reward the brightest talent in the profession; the most outstanding projects, teams and people helping to transform economies, environments, and communities. Entering the Awards for Planning Excellence offers is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your professional achievements and showcase your work.

For 2022, we have refreshed the Awards for Planning Excellence to provide a more seamless and chronological programme across the Institute. There will be one entry system for all Nations and Regions with the same open and close dates. 

This means that we are open for entries from across the English Regions, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Ireland and Internationally under one model - The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2022. The awards will be celebrated to the full both locally then nationally, in chronological order, all in one calendar year.

Plans

  • Excellence in Plan Making Practice

 Projects  

  • Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy 
  • Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing 
  • Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture 
  • Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment 
  • Excellence in Planning for Communities (large schemes of 50 or more) 
  • Excellence in Planning for Communities (small schemes of 50 or less) 
  • Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice 
  • International Award for Planning Excellence

 People

  • Head Planner of the Year (Local Planning Authority)
  • Planning Authority of the Year 
  • Small Planning Consultancy of the Year
  • Young Planner of the Year 
  • In-house Planning Team of the Year
  • Planning Consultancy of the Year

If you are based in an English Region, you may also wish to enter a regional Chair’s Award. 

The entries with geographical borders will be judged locally with finalists announced in May. Awards will be given to the Best Project, the Best Plan, Small Planning Consultancy of the Year, Planning Authority of the Year, Head Planner of the Year and Young Planner of the Year at ceremonies in the Nations and Regions in June and July.

The top scoring entries across all categories will go through to the national finals, culminating in a national ceremony on 30 November where we will announce the overall category winners as well as award the silver jubilee cup to the project deemed the most outstanding of all the project category winners.

Finalists for the International Award for Planning Excellence, In-house Planning Team of the Year and Planning Consultancy of the Year categories will be announced along with all of the finalists in October and awarded at the national ceremony on 30 November 2022. View our timeline to see the programme schedule.

Being shortlisted or winning an Award is a clear demonstration of the quality of your work. All shortlisted and winning entrants will be provided with an RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence logo, which can be used on your website, email, social media and other promotional materials.

The Awards for Planning Excellence are free to enter. You can start your entry on our online platform, saving and making as many changes as you like until the entry deadline 11 March.

Don't forget to view our tips on how to write a winning entry

If you have any questions, please view our FAQs or contact [email protected] 

Wishing all entrants the very best of luck.