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AI1501 Planning, Building and Environmental Law 6.0 credits

The course provides knowledge of the legal systems that regulates changes in land use, i. e. building or infrastructure projects.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AI1501 (Autumn 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course connect to real cases of land development where we focus on the regulated processes and conditions that may be necessary.

The following topics are covered in the course:

The swedish legal system

The topic covers the process of making laws and how those shall be interpreted with help from preliminary work, court cases. An assignment is connected to this topic where the student shall explain how to interpret a specific law rule.

Building projects

The topic covers the laws related to housing construction. Some important questions are the content of detail development plans, responsibilities for and financing of common infrastructure, compulsory purchase of land and permits.

Road construction projects

The topic covers the laws related to construction of a big public road. Some important questions are the planning process, how the right to land is aquired and when permits by the environmental law is required.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall objective of this course is that students after fulfilled course should know the legal system governing change of land use eg in construction or infrastructure projects. The student should also be able to interpret and apply the legal system in less complicated cases, have a basic knowledge of the legal systems and their impact on different situations throughout the activities in built environment and explain the meaning of a court decision.

This means that students after completed course are able to:

Describe the legal system governing land development in Sweden regarding planning, permits and implementation in house construction and infrastructure project.

Apply the rules above on cases of different kind by:

  • Identify which rules that may have impact on a specific situation
  • Explain how these rules affect those cases
  • Propose possible solutions on problems with support of the law
  • With help from court cases and prework explain how a specific law rule shall be implemented and report this orally and in writing

For higher grades the student also should be able to

Explain how the different laws regarding land development are connected to each other

Explain the consequences of the more complex rules

Apply the rules on more complicated cases:

  • Identify which rules that may have impact on a specific situation
  • Explain how these rules affect those cases
  • Propose possible solutions on problems with support of the law

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AI1137 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Kurslitteraturen anslås i samband med kursstart.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL2 - Assignment, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 5.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed exam
Passed assignment
The final grade is based upon the result of the exam

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AI1501

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Eidar A Lindgren (