Urbanistic and building law (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Sergio Moro
Sergio Moro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni dal Sep 30, 2019 al Dec 14, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course deals with so-called “territorial governance”, understood as “the overall body of norms that enable the interests with reference to which permitted uses may be regulated to be identified and classified” (cf. Constitutional Court, judgment no. 198 of 28 June 2004).
Adopting a perspective focusing on problem solving, the course will aim to impart fundamental notions and a methodology for understanding construction and town planning law in action, interpreting this area of public law legislation and identifying evolutionary trends within it.


I. Territorial governance as an “area of law” under Article 117(3) of the Constitution.
II. The territorial governance function as the principal function.
III. Functions incidental to the principal function.
III.1 The prescriptive function of territorial compliance and the regulation of ownership rights.
III.2 The management function;
III.3. The safeguarding function;
III.4. The function of substantive regulation of the prescriptive function;
III.5. The control function, and in particular the regulation of planning permission.
IV. The function of reversing violations of town planning law.

The teaching methods used differ depending upon whether the students are attending or non-attending students.

Attending students
The teaching methods involve face-to-face lessons for the purpose of learning basic concepts and systematic linkages as well as strategies for reasoning and argumentation in order to interpret the relevant legislative provisions and to structure solutions to practical problems.

Non-attending students
The teaching methods involve teacher-led support for the study of up-to-date textbooks.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
AA.VV. (a cura di D. DE PRETIS ed A. SIMONATI), Diritto urbanistico e delle opere pubbliche, G. GIAPPICHELLI EDITORE 2017 Si precisa che il testo in oggetto: è consigliato agli studenti non frequentanti ed è da studiare limitatamente ai capitoli I – II – III – IV – V e, quindi, escluso il capitolo VI. Si precisa altresì che è necessario l'esame e la comprensione delle disposizioni normative fondamentali ivi richiamate e, quindi, si suggerisce la consultazione e l’utilizzo di un codice amministrativo aggiornato.

Assessment methods and criteria


With regard to attending students, the exam covers the concepts, issues and problems carried out during the lectures as well as those presented in the recommended manual limited to the chapters indicated
With regard to non-attending students, the exam covers the concepts, issues and problems presented in the recommended manual limited to the indicated sections.

The examination will involve an oral discussion.

Evalutation criteria of oral discussion:
- intensity and extent of knowledge of the fundamental disciplinary categories in this area of law
- capacity to deploy them in a systematic manner along
- capacity for reasoning and argumentation,
- capacity to correctly structure solutions to practical problems relating to the subject matter of the programme;
- adequate terminology;
- logical order, coherence and clarity.