Public participation is the involvement of citizens, society and non-governmental organizations in the policy making process. The aim of public participation is to ensure that the decisions taken by the public administration are appropriate to the needs of the public, are explained and understandable in a timely manner to those to whom they will apply. Public participation has a number of benefits that are generally aimed at improving the quality of regulation – in this process the real problem is identified, possible alternatives are assessed, possible “adverse reactions” of the regulation are detected in a timely manner, and the solutions developed are effective. 

Representatives of the public can express their opinion on development planning documents, draft legislation at the initial stage of their development, as well as in the other stages when issues of public interest are addressed. Any representative of the public concerned or interested in the matter to be addressed may provide his or her opinion. Each representative of the company shall be entitled to feedback on his/her proposal.

Public participation shall be pursued proactively by public administrations seeking the most effective ways of engaging and informing the public, in particular the part of the public that is or is likely to be affected by the intended activity.

The procedures for public participation shall be governed by: 

Development Planning System Law
State Administration Structure Law;  
Cabinet Regulation No 970 adopted 25 August 2009 on the
Procedures for the Public Participation in the Development Planning Process.

It is no longer mandatory for national and local authorities to include information on documents in the process of development and harmonisation on their websites, in future everything is stored on the TAP portal and we invite you to follow the development of draft legal acts in the new unified system. 

The Data State Inspectorate is involved in the development of development planning documents and draft legal acts affecting its fields of activity.