The Institute for Spatial Development (hereinafter referred to as the ISD) was established in 1994.
It is an organisational unit of the state, established by the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic.
The purpose of the establishment of the ISD is to provide professional background and assistance in performing specific competencies assigned to its founder.
The activities of the ISD are carried out mainly in the fields of spatial planning, building regulations, spatial development and regional policy.
The ISD acts in providing the tasks imposed by the Building Act, in particular:
- Conducting research, publishing and addressing conceptual issues both of theory and practice in the field of spatial planning and building regulations, building culture and the built environment, urbanism and architecture;
- Developing the Architecture and Building Culture Policy drafts, Spatial Development Policy, Spatial Development Plan, and spatial planning documentation for the territory of the state;
- Operating the Construction Technical Prevention System, drafting technical requirements for buildings, their continuous updating, and assessment of the causes of building accidents or participation in it, if they significantly affect public interests by their extent or repeated consequences;
- Recording of spatial planning activities;
- Maintaining national geoportal for spatial planning and standardisation of spatial planning activities.
It is involved in providing the tasks imposed by government resolutions, in particular:
- Providing the fulfilment of the measures imposed on the founder and the ISD by the Architecture and Building Culture Policy of the Czech Republic;
- Cooperating in providing the fulfilment of the tasks imposed on the founder by the Spatial Development Policy of the Czech Republic, including the necessary spatial planning documentation;
- Cooperating in the development of documents for the analysis of the situation in the field of spatial planning and building regulations.
It performs the tasks arising from international commitments, in particular:
- Providing the background materials for cooperation in the field of spatial development of the V4+2 countries;
- Providing the activities of the ESPON National Contact Point.
Moreover, it provides the following activities:
- Methodological assistance in the field of spatial planning and building regulations;
- Consultancy and research activities;
- The study, documentation, publication and publishing activities;
- Development of information systems;
- Preparation of background materials for the operational activities of the founder, including auxiliary activities;
- Other tasks as decided by the founder.
The ISD has become a public authority - without decision-making power - in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of Act 111/2009 Coll., on Basic registers, as amended, with effect from 26 May 2022.
The Institute for Spatial Development provides the following outputs within activities performed:
- Spatial Development Plan (SDP) - activity based on Section 11 of Act No. 183/2006 Coll., as amended (hereinafter also referred to as the Building Act). The ISD develops a draft of the first Spatial Development Plan.
- Spatial Development Policy of the Czech Republic (SDP) and the necessary spatial planning documentation - activity based on Section 11 of Act No. 183/2006 Coll., as amended. ISD is a producer of the Spatial Development Policy of the Czech Republic document and its updates and also develops draft spatial analytical documents for the territory of the state. Spatial analytical documents of the Czech Republic are presented on the ISD Map Portal.
- Architecture and Building Culture Policy of the Czech Republic (ABCP) - activity based on Section 21 of Act No. 283/2021 Coll., effective from 1 January 2023. Initially dealt with by the Government Resolution No. 22 of 14 January 2015. The ISD is the producer of the Architecture and Building Culture Policy of the Czech Republic document and its updates (currently, Update No. 1 is under development). The ISD cooperates on selected measures to fulfil the strategic objectives of the document.
- National Geoportal of Spatial Planning (NGSP) - activity based on Sections 11 and 161a of the Building Act. The task of the ISD is to create a data repository of standardised spatial planning documentation until the NGSP establishment and to provide assistance to regional authorities in transferring data to the central data repository.
- Standardisation of spatial planning documentation - the ISD, in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development, provide methodological support to the developers and creators of spatial planning documentation in the implementation of the requirements for standardisation of spatial planning documentation, especially spatial plans, and cooperates in the preparation of further standardisation.
- Registration of spatial planning activities (RSPA) - the ISD has created and maintained this system since 2000. Activities based on Sections 11 and 162 of the Building Act. It is a continuous registration and updating of data on the process of creation of spatial planning documentation and spatial planning documentation of municipalities and regions. It is linked to the Register of Spatial Identification, Addresses and Immovable Property (RSIAIP). The system should become part of the NGSP in the future.
- ISD has created and has been managing the Construction Technical Prevention System (CTPS) since 2008 - an activity based on Section 12 of the Building Act. The aim is to identify and record the causes of defects, failures and construction accidents.
Both the Registration of spatial planning activities and the Construction Technical Prevention System have now been transformed into new technologies.
- Analysis of the state administration performance in the field of building regulations and spatial planning - activity based on the Government Resolution No. 774 of 19 October 2011.
- ISD is the national contact point for the Czech Republic within the ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) programme. It participates in providing the background materials for cooperation in the field of spatial development of the V4+2.
- Consultation Centre for Construction Law in the field of spatial planning - ISD provides consultations and methodological assistance in the performance of tasks arising from the Building Act. One of the outputs is the web application 1000 Questions dealing with Construction Law and Discussion about Construction Law.
- Spatial Planning Information Website - an open, continuously updated system of links to relevant information in the field of spatial planning and spatial development, resulting from the activities of the ISD and external sources. It is intended for public administration, professionals and the general public.
- Spatial Development Interpretative Dictionary - a continuously updated and amended catalogue of terms and definitions from the field of spatial development and related fields. It is intended mainly for public administration and the professional public.
- The ISD carries out regular updates of web manuals to assist and provide necessary information to the state administration, local government and professional and general public - Limits of Land Use, Authorities Involved in the Process of Spatial Planning, Principles and Rules of Spatial Planning, Average Prices of Transport and Technical Infrastructure of Municipalities.
- Urbanism and Spatial Development Journal - is a professional journal intended for the needs of planning authorities and the professional public. It has been published since 1998 and is issued 6 times a year. It includes a regular appendix called "Acquisition Practice" and "Building and Administrative Practice", and occasional monothematic appendices. The journal is included in the database of scientific journals CEJSH (Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities), ERIH+ (European Reference Index for Humanities and Social Sciences), EBSCO database (reference database of online scientific journals) and the List of peer-reviewed non-impacted journals published in the Czech Republic.
- The ISD operates a scientific library for its own needs and the professional public. It produces an online catalogue containing records of all books, reports and electronic resources in the ISD library collection. It also contains records of selected articles from Czech and foreign journals published since 1990.
- In cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development, the ISD actively participates in the organisation of national conferences on spatial planning and building regulations every second year.
All outputs from the activities of the Institute for Spatial Development are available on the following websites:
The principle website of the Institute for Spatial Development
Information website for spatial planning
Facebook of the Institute for Spatial Development
Instagram of the Institute for Spatial Development