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Guidance for the Format Standard

Publication date:  September 2020
Publication reference number:  INFO 982

This guidance is intended to help you understand and interpret the Format Standard. We updated this guidance in September 2020 to reflect feedback we received from councils that are implementing the planning standards.

Note: Policy statement and plan format is an area of the planning standards where the Ministry will have an ongoing role to provide specific advice, examples and encourage collaboration between local authorities and relationships with ePlan providers. 

We will continue to update this guidance with examples of how the planning standards work in practice in relation to the format standard.