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RTPI Conduct and Discipline Panel

The Conduct and Discipline Panel is responsible for investigating any alleged breach of the Code of Professional Conduct on behalf of the RTPI. The Panel is empowered to decide whether a breach of the Professional Code of Conduct has occurred and, where it has, to discipline the member. 


The Panel is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is comprised of between six and eight members as follows:

  • Chartered Town Planners
  • at least one Legal Member or Legal Associate
  • at least one independent person

It meets upto four times a year.

Details of the current Panel can be found here.

New Recruits required to join the RTPI's Conduct & Discipline Panel

Are you committed to the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and do you have a wide range and an appropriate depth of experience to be able to contribute to the Institute'

We are currently looking to recruit one RTPI Member and one other professional to act as a lay person, whose area of expertise has some link to town planning (e.g. an architect, surveyor, highway engineer), to join the Conduct and Discipline Panel on a voluntary basis.  Knowledge of local authority practice would be an advantage.

Appointed members of the Panel would normally serve a three year term with the possibility of extending this by a further three years. The Panel meets three or four times a year in London, all necessary expenses are reimbursed.

Applicants need to have an understanding of professional integrity, knowledge of the interface between the public and private sectors, a sense of natural justice and good analytical skills. It is important that the Panel is representative of a wide range of professional and independent views and that it reflects the membership profile and diversity of the Institute.

At present, the Institute receives approximately 30 complaints a year against individual Members in respect of alleged breaches of the Code.  The main investigation is undertaken by the Institute's Complaints Investigator, the Panel determine whether there is evidence of a breach of the Code and must therefore be able to give the time to review paperwork and attend the meetings high priority. 

If you would like to be considered for the Panel please contact Sandra Whitehead, Complaints Investigator, for an application pack or for an informal discussion. 

E-mail: or Tel: 02079298194 (Tue, Wed & Thu only).  Applications to be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Time taken to investigate and determine a complaint

The time taken will depend on the complexity of the case, the amount of documentation to be studied, the timings of the Panel every 3-4 months and whether an appeal is made against the draft decision of the Panel. Investigations therefore generally take at least 6 months before a decision can be reached.

Disciplinary action

If the Panel finds that a member has breached the Code, the Institute may:

  • Warn the member as to his or her future conduct;
  • Reprimand the member;
  • Suspend the member's membership of the Institute; or
  • Terminate the member's membership.

What happens depends on the severity of the breach of the Code, and any mitigating factors with the particular case.

Further information on professional standards and making a complaint is available online or by email.