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Scotland Awards for Planning Excellence

Celebrating Planning Excellence  

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The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2024 showcase and celebrate the best plans, people and projects. Entries will open on 15 January 2024. 

Now in its 47th year, our coveted awards recognise and highlight the positive contribution planning professionals make in the communities we serve around the world.  

Here’s how to enter: 

  • Select your best work completed between 2022 and 2023. For Young Planners, choose your best achievements over recent years. 
  • Choose the best category to showcase your work. 
  • Create your account on our entry platform. Don’t worry, you can edit your entry at any time before the closing date. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the judging criteria. 
  • Read our 'How to win’ guide for handy hints and tips on how to draft a strong entry. Attend our ‘How to win’ webinar on 30 January. 
  • Complete and submit your entry along with some great images. 

Award categories 

There are 15 planning related categories in total and our RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are free to enter.  See the full list here.   




The closing date for entries is 15 March 2024. 

Start your submission here. 

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Why should you enter? 

  1. We champion the power of planning. We are the only awards dedicated solely to the planning discipline. 
  2. Shine a spotlight on your organisation and your achievements. We make it easy for you to make the most of the promotional opportunities that being part of our awards provides. 
  3. Entering an award helps boost staff morale. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence recognise how your people, teams and plans contribute and make a real difference to communities. 
  4. We help you to demonstrate how far your business has come. 

Click to see more on our Scotland winners.

“We were delighted for our hard work on Net Zero Aberdeen to be recognised in the Plan Making category not only at Scottish level, but at the wider RTPI National Awards for Planning Excellence as well. It’s an honour to be recognised by fellow planners, and we were proud to represent not only Aberdeen, but also the wider Scottish planning community, at the recent awards ceremony in London."
Claire McArthur, Policy & Strategy Manager, Aberdeen City Council.

Key dates 2024

  • RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence open for entries - 15 January 
  • Entry deadline - 15 March at 11.59pm 
  • Shortlist announced 20 May 
  • RTPI Scotland winners announced 24 June at our awards ceremony
  • National awards judging – August/September 
  • Announcing the overall finalists – mid October 
  • RTPI awards ceremony – end November  

The judging process 

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence has 15 award categories, entries in the Nations and Regions are initially judged across 10 categories and awarded as: 

  • Best Plan 
  • Best Project 
  • Planning Authority of the Year 
  • Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 
  • Young Planner of the Year* 

These winners become national finalists.  

The shortlisted entries are put through for judging in the national awards and will be judged against the others in their selected categories for the national finalist list. The remaining five direct to national categories are also judged to complete the national finalist list of 15 categories. The winners and commendations are announced at the national ceremony in November.  

*All Young Planner of the Year winners will be entered into the national shortlist and will be judged by the national judges and the top five will become national finalists. 

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Start your entry today


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For more information 

For tips on how to win  visit here. 

If you have any questions, please visit the awards hub or contact RTPI Scotland. for more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.