CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

A professional town planner shall at all times uphold the dignity, high standing and reputation of his profession. A professional town planner also shall inform his client in advance of the obligation and rights of the client, discharge his duties to his client as the case may be with complete fidelity. A professional town planner shall take all reasonable steps to maintain a high degree of professional competence throughout his employment.

1.0   Professional Integrity

1.1   A professional town planner shall not directly or indirectly :

(a) maliciously injure or attempt to maliciously injure the professional reputation, prospects or business of another professional town planner;

(b) supplant or attempt to supplant another professional town planner;

(c) intervene or attempt to intervene in or in connection with town planning work of any kind which to his knowledge has already been entrusted to another professional town planner;

(d) engage in any activity which may give rise to a conflict of interest within an area for which he is undertaking any professional employment; or

(e) take over work of that other professional town planner acting for the same client unless he has :

(i) obtained the consent of that other professional town planner, or

(ii) been formally notified by the client that the service of that other professional town planner has been terminated in accordance with the provision of any contract entered into between that other professional town planner and the client.

2.0   Advertising

2.1   A professional town planner shall not—

(a) canvass or solicit professional employment; or

(b) offer to work by way of commission or any other payment for the introduction of his professional employment.

2.2   A professional town planner shall not advertise his professional service by means of signboard other than containing the name of his practice outside his office or branch offices, or make paid announcement in the press unless approved by the Board.

2.3   A professional town planner shall not publish or consent to the publication of illustration, articles or media presentation of any town planning scheme for which he is responsible unless such  publication or any other media presentation on the said project are factual, relevant and not misleading to others.

2.4   A professional town planner may use business cards which contain the registered name, qualifications, registration number, photograph of himself, nature of practice, his business address and private address together with telephone number, facsimile number, electronic mail address and the Board’s logo.

2.5   A professional town planner may develop a website or produce brochure or other material describing his firm and the service which it offers and may send, give or otherwise make available on request to clients, prospective clients or any other persons such brochure or material.

2.6   Any such website, brochure or other material may contain—

(a) the name, address, telephone number, facsimile number, electronic mail address of the main office of the firm, together with similar information about all other offices of the firm;

(b) factual information about the firm;

(c) a list of directors and partners with biographical information, provided that such information is confined to those matters which are directly relevant to the profession;

(d) factual information about the profession and the range of services undertaken by the firm;

(e) a list of projects in which the firm has been engaged; and

(f) a list of clients for the reference of a prospective client, provided that such clients shall have given  prior permission for the use of their names.

2.7   Any such brochure or other material shall—

(a) be factual and in no way laudatory of the firm’s achievements or experience;

(b) avoid any direct solicitation of instructions, express or implied comparison with other firms or specific inducement to prospective clients;

(c) be so designed in respect of wording, content, layout illustration, caricature and arrangement, to ensure that the profession is in no way brought into disrepute and that public confidence in the services provided by professional town planners is not undermined; and

(d) avoid any description, claim or illustration which is directly or by implication inaccurate or misleading.

3.0   Letterhead

A professional town planner may print on the letterhead his name, registration number and designation and those of his directors and partners of the registered firm, the name and registration number of the firm, the address, telephone number, facsimile number and electronic mail address of the firm.

4.0   Emolument

4.1   A professional town planner, prior to the acceptance of his appointment, shall inform his client in writing of the conditions of engagement and the scale of professional fees, charges,  remuneration or other form of consideration to be applied.

4.2   The services of a professional town planner in private practice shall be paid by fees based on the scale of professional fees, charges, remuneration or other form of consideration as agreed by the client.

4.3   A professional town planner may be paid professional fees, charges, remuneration or other form of consideration for consultancy services on the work of another professional town planner, provided that the client appoints him for the purpose of rendering such services and assuming responsibility for those services.