Law on Spatial Planning, on Urbanism and on Construction


The content of this course aims to provide students with the basic legal knowledge of spatial and territorial planning, urban planning and management, and building law, in order to promote a comprehensive learning of the main legal issues that stand out in these areas, and in the related areas to the others curricular units, and provide the students with the right tools for the plannig and law instruments for planning and managment of the territory in general and urban areas in particular.
The aim is therefore to promote the students’ awareness to the importance of the spatial and territorial planning, urban planning and management and building law, giving them the necessary tools to (i) understand and comment the Portuguese legal system, (ii) identify accurately the key issues and problems that may arise and (iii) bring up solutions with the given legal resources.

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Responsible teacher

Ana Queiroz do Vale


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 84

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A bibliografia principal e obrigatória refere-se aos diplomas legais que constituem os principais regimes legais a analisar na UC, preferencialmente disponíveis em ou, por constituirem bases atualizadas e consolidaddas:
No decurso da UC serão fornecidas referências bibliograficas complementares.

Teaching method

The teaching methodology is based on lectures, occasionally supported (when appropriate) with references to practical situations in which students will be asked to participate. Classes will be taught using relevant papers and specific bibliography and will require additional research related to the subjects addressed.
The practical aplication of the Law and the cincepts is priviliegied, and hers evaluation.

Evaluation method

The course evaluation considers the grades given to a practical paper(100%)

Subject matter

1. Course presentation: introduction and first approach to the basic concepts
2. Legal framework: basic legal notions (constitutional, administrative and civil law) relevant for the course
3. Territory and administrative organization
4. Planning Law
4.1. General characterization
4.2. Fundamental principles
4.3. Land management system: the territorial management instruments
5. Urban and Building Law
5.1. General characterization
5.2. Fundamental principles
5.3. The prior control of urban operations
5.4. Allotment specifications
6. Especial regimens
6.1. Environmental Assessment
6.2. Illegal Urban Areas
6.3. Rehabilitation Urban Areas


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