This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. You can find out more about how we use cookies here. If you would like to know more about cookies, or how you can delete them, click here.

Awards for Planning Excellence

Get the recognition you deserve by entering the most prestigious awards in planning


Our Awards for Planning Excellence continue to recognise best practice by highlighting exceptional examples of planning and celebrating the contribution that planners and planning make to society. Entries for the 2020 awards are open.

These high-profile awards are the most established and respected in our sector. For over 40 years, these prestigious awards have rewarded the brightest talent in the profession, helping to transform economies, environments and communities.



These awards are free to enter and RTPI will be recognising outstanding projects, teams and people in the following 15 categories. Download the guidelines and entry forms by selecting the links below.


Young Planner of the Year


Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

Planning Consultancy of the Year

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

In-house Planning Team of the Year

Legal Team of the Year *New for 2020*


Excellence in Plan Making Practice

Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes (large schemes of 50 or more)

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes (small schemes of 50 or less)

Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy

Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice

International Award for Planning Excellence


Entries will close on 16 December 2019, 5pm. All applicants are encouraged to read the guide on how to write a winning entry.

Being shortlisted for one of the prestigious awards is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile as an award winning team, consultancy or individual. Find out what it's like to win or receive a commendation from some of our previous outstanding entrants.

Outstanding submissions provide best-practice case studies for RTPI and you and your work has the chance to appear in our publicity campaigns to help raise the profile of planning.

 RTPI_Timeline _660x 200_v2

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 30 April 2020 including the winner of our Silver Jubilee Cup - awarded to the best project overall. Best of luck!

If you have any queries about the awards, please contact

RTPI Awards 2019-237



Thank you to our generous sponsors
APE 2020 Sponsor Logo Block V4

For details on sponsoring the 2020 Awards please click here.

Join the RTPI

Both planners and non-planners can benefit from membership of the RTPI. Find out which level is right for you.

Join today
Knowledge and best practice

Find the RTPI's latest policy and practice information, publications and core issues

Learn more
Get involved

Contribute to your Institute. Join a network, become a Mentor, volunteer for Planning Aid England, stand for an RTPI committee … and more

See what you can do