India/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

There is no specific legislation with regards to architecture, though some cities have provisions for the establishment of an Urban Arts Commission. For example, the capital has the Delhi Urban Art Commission Act, 1973. These commissions advise the government and have the power to make regulations in the matter of preserving, developing and maintaining the aesthetic quality of urban and environmental design within the city.

The Architects Act, 1972 provides for setting up of the Council of Architecture (COA). The Act provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognised qualifications and standards of practice to be complied with by the practicing architects. The Council of Architecture, apart from maintaining a register for architects, regulates the education and practice of the profession throughout India. 

Chapter published: 22-04-2014