05974 - Town and City Planning Law

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

    Also valid for Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give a complete survey of the main profiles of Italian legal system of government of territory, in order to achieve professional skills. In particular, the lectures will be focused on the urban planning and the building regulation

Course contents

  • Urban planning law: an introduction.
  • From “urban planning and building regulation” to “government of territory”: the allocation of the legislative power and of the administrative functions.
  • Property rights in the Italian Constitution.
  • Urban planning: description of legal paradigms and concrete models.
  • Regional and provincial planning tools.
  • The general territorial plan of Metropolitan City.
  • The general regulatory plan: contents and effects.
  • The making process of the general regulatory plan, the participation in the process and urban planning amendments.
  • The urban planning power and administrative discretion.
  • Urban planning choices and legitimate expectations.
  • The “regionalization” of the territorial and urban planning tools: analysis of the main regional models.
  • The implementing urban planning tools.
  • The special plans .
  • The expropriation in the public interest.
  • The equalization and the compensation mechanisms, the rewards in the urban planning and buildings regulation.
  • Public and private subjects in the territorial governance.
  • Urban planning projects. Complex programmes.
  • The urban regeneration processes. The issue of the soil conservation.
  • Territorial planning and environmental dimension: the strategic environmental assessment.
  • Territorial planning and public works.
  • Scheduling, awarding and execution of public works.
  • Territorial planning and commercial activities. The historic town centres.
  • The differentiated interests. The cultural heritage .
  • Focus: the landscape .
  • The buildings regulation. The free building activity.
  • The authorizations, in particular the building permit. The so called “Scia”.
  • The control of the urban planning and building activities, liability and sanctions.

Erasmus students, depending on the country of origin, may agree on the exam program in class or during the office hours.




1) P. Urbani, S. Civitarese Matteucci, Diritto urbanistico. Organizzazione e rapporti, Turin, Giappichelli, 2017 (VI edition or following, if available);

the reading of the following volume is suggested:

2) P. Stella Richter, Diritto urbanistico. Manuale breve, Milan, Giuffré, 2016.

Students are still free to adopt different texts, provided they contain the topics of the exam program.

Teaching methods

Lectures; seminars and workshops; case law analysis; class-rooms practice.

Lectures taken place in the first semester will be organized by one of the models described in the link below


Assessment methods

The final exam will consist of an oral text concerning the whole contents of the course. The interview will focus on the topics indicated in the "Course contents" section.

The evaluation of the test will be carried out taking into consideration:

- The knowledge of institutional profiles

- The ability to analyze the jurisprudential and doctrinal guidelines

- The ability to make connections between the different parts of the program

- The ability to develop critical arguments

- The articulation of the exposure

- The accuracy of the exposure.

Registration for the final exam can be made through the application Almaesami (https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm )

Teaching tools

The integrative teaching material will be published on AMS Campus.

Students who need compensatory tools for reasons of disability or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) will communicate to the teacher their needs in order to be directed to the dedicated person and in order to arrange for the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

Office hours

See the website of Tommaso Bonetti


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