Land-use management


As a rule, settlements and economic activity in Svalbard should be located in the planning areas. The planning areas in Svalbard are Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund, Svea, Barentsburg, Pyramiden and Colesbukta.

Longyearbyen lokalstyre is responsible for planning within the Longyearbyen planning area and has the authority to adopt plans and process notifications on activities. In the other planning areas, the landowner is responsible for planning, while The Governor of Svalbard has the authority to adopt plans and process notifications and applications for activities.