The principle of the land use planning system is moving down the hierarchy towards more specific plans, so that national land use guidelines steer regional and local master plans, which, in turn, control local detailed plans.
Local master plans and local detailed plans are drafted and approved in municipalities. Regional land use plans are drafted and approved by regional councils. Municipalities may also cooperate in drafting a local master plan. Regional plans and legally effective master plans are approved by the Ministry of the Environment.
The plan covering the leisure housing on the shore zone is called a detailed shore plan. Detailed shore plans can be drafted by landowners, although the handling and approval of the plans is the municipalities´ responsibility.