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The main role of, the Brussels Planning Agency (BBP-BPB) is as a centre of expertise and the initiator of Brussels’ regional development strategy. It is responsible for statistics, socio-economic information and strategic and regulatory planning in the Brussels-Capital Region. In addition to these roles, the institution also brings together various strategic ‘services’ to ensure regional development: the team of the Brussels chief architect (bMa), the Schools Facilitator and his team and the new Housing Officer.

The combination of different forms of expertise at helps ensure a coherent process for the development of urban projects.


The Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (IBSA-BISA) centralises and coordinates activities of a statistical nature at the level of the Brussels Region. It collects, processes, analyses and disseminates statistics relating to Brussels. It conducts socio-economic analyses and supports the Government in the evaluation of public policies. The IBSA-BISA website (FR/NL), presents numerous statistics on various themes (the economy, population, housing, mobility etc.) as well as recurring publications such as Mini-Bru or more occasional ones such as the Cahiers de l’IBSA.

You will find more detailed information about IBSA-BISA’s activities on their website (FR/NL).


The Knowledge Department plays a crucial role: through diagnosis, observation and prospecting, it constructs a vision of the Brussels urban landscape with a view to effective regional planning. Specifically, the Knowledge Department manages observatories such as that for housing planning permission, prepares definition studies such as those for Hermann-Debroux or the Gare de l’Ouest, and develops monitoring tools such as that for cultural facilities.

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Among other things, this knowledge is the basis for the strategic and regulatory work on regional development. Within this framework, the Strategy Department defines the programming of the priority areas (definition studies, master plans etc.) and lays the foundations for their concrete development. The strategic work also involves defining the vision of regional development implicit in tools such as the Regional Sustainable Development Plan or the Regional Land Use Plan. This development is governed by regulatory provisions such as the Brussels Regional Development Code or the Specific Land Use Plans. Finally, the Strategy Department builds networks of urban development actors at the metropolitan or international levels. also functions as the secretariat for the Regional Development Commission (CRD-GOC) (FR/NL). The Brussels Government seeks the opinion of the CRD-GOC on plans and regulations relating to regional planning.

More information on the websites of, of the CRD-GOC (FR/NL)) and (FR/NL).

The team of the Brussels chief architect (bMa)

The team of the Brussels chief architect (bMa) oversees spatial quality in terms of architecture, urban planning, public places and so on. The essential components of its mission are the provision of support, advice and encouragement to public and private project owners. The bMa also plays a role in property developments through the ‘quality chamber’, in advance of the planning permission procedure.

More information about the Brussels chief architect on the website

The Schools Service

The Schools Service monitors requirements for the creation of places in education, facilitates the implementation of projects for the creation of school places and works to improve the quality of school infrastructure. In addition, the Service contributes its expertise in the fight against school drop-out in the Brussels-Capital Region (through the development of a strategy to combat school drop-out, the networking of actors, and the management of the school drop-out prevention scheme).

The Housing Officer

The Housing Officer facilitates dialogue with a view to encouraging the creation of new public and private social housing. To do so, the Housing Officer coordinates the preparation of planning documentation aimed at striking a balance between urban planning feasibility and people’s expectations; ensures the use of all available public land resources; identifies factors detrimental to the development of projects; and proposes measures likely to improve the housing production process.

The Regional Development Committee (CRDT-GCTO)

The Regional Development Committee (CRDT-GCTO) is responsible for ensuring smooth collaboration between government agencies in terms of regional planning. This committee will consist of, Bruxelles Environnement (FR/NL)Bruxelles Mobilité (FR/NL), STIB-MIVB, Bruxelles-Propreté and (FR/NL).

The Land Use Platform will work within a regional platform in consultation with the Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI).  The SAU-MSI is responsible for the implementation of the Brussels-Capital Region’s land policy.

Contact: (Brussels Planning Agency)
Rue de Namur 59, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 435 42 00

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Legal basis: (Brussels Planning Agency) was created through the merger in 2016 of the ADT-ATO (Urban Development Agency), the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA), the Studies and Planning Directorate of Brussels Urban Development (SPRB - GOB), the team of the Bouwmeester (bMa), the Schools Service, the secretariat of the Regional Development Commission (CRD-GOC) and the Housing Officer.

The Brussels Planning Agency was created by the Ordinance of 29 July 2015 of the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is a type A public interest body under the responsibility of the Minister-President of the Region.

The Decree of 6 October 2016 of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region set the date of entry into force of the Ordinance of 29 July 2015 on the establishment of the Brussels Planning Agency.