Urban Development Department

Urban Development plays a fundamental role in ensuring that private and public development projects across the Emirate are aligned with the Strategic Framework and associated plans and policies and in doing so will continue to advance the Government's vision.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Urban Development Department

• Review and approve all developer-led physical development within the Emirate as set out in the UPC Decree (Law 23 of 2007 The Establishment of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council);

• Assist Developer Services to improve the Urban Development process and procedural requirements;

• Apply, enforce and implement UPC-adopted plans and polices in all developments under review;

• Coordinate UPC internal departmental reviews in respect to the following:

o Planning Policy

o Infrastructure and transportation (land and water-based)

o Environment

o Safety and Security

o Planning for Estidama


• Assist Developer Services in coordinating external agency reviews and for all development applications under review;

• Review modifications and amendments to plots, buildings, land use, density and/or heights within previously approved development plans;

• Act as the primary customer interface between the UPC and the development community;

• Negotiate agreements and resolve disputes between the UPC and Government agencies as related to the Urban Development process; and

• Provide input and actively participate in the development of UPC policy initiatives.

• Development Review Stream (DRS): UPC review ensures individual developments complement each other and blend together to advance Vision 2030.The UPC has two review streams, based on specific criteria, tailored to meet the needs of each development type:

  • Master Plan
  • Projects