Ethics

The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct offers help for certified planners (members of the American Institute of Certified Planners) as they negotiate the tough ethical and moral dilemmas they sometimes face.

There is also a guide to Ethical Principles in Planning for those who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates, and decision makers.

For AICP Certified Planners

AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

This Code is a guide to the ethical conduct required of members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The Code also aims at informing the public of the principles to which professional planners are committed.

AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

AICP Commission Selects Ethics Officer

The AICP Commission and the AICP Ethics Committee are working on revisions to the AICP Code of Ethics — targeted for completion in 2016 — that would affect the role of Ethics Officer. In the interim, the AICP Commission selected James Peters, FAICP, to serve as Ethics Officer, based in Chicago. He will transition into the role in May 2015, succeeding James Drinan, who has served as the Ethics Officer since July 2014.

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Filing a Charge of Misconduct and Other Ethics Communications

Letters containing charges of misconduct must be sent to the Ethics Officer via U.S. Postal Service or private courier. All other communications regarding specific ethics situations should occur either in phone conversations or in letters sent via U.S. Postal Service or private courier.

Because of issues of reliability and confidentiality, e-mail communication is not to be used.

Letters should be sent to:

Ethics Officer
American Planning Association
205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601-5927

Telephone: 312-431-9100

Reports on Case Activity and Requests

Annual Reports of Case Activity and Requests: 2005-2012

Why Was the Code Revised?

Former APA Executive Director Paul Farmer's address

Certified Planners and Ethics

For Other Planners

Ethical Principles in Planning

This statement is a guide to ethical conduct for all who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates, and decision makers. Please note that it is a guide and not a code by which individuals may be held accountable.

Ethical Principles in Planning (As Adopted May 1992)

Ethics Resources

Tools and resources have been developed to help members learn about the ethical and moral dilemmas they can face. This document is designed to assist local chapters and other organizations in conducting CM-eligible ethics sessions.

Ethics in Planning: A Toolkit for Conducting Ethics Sessions (pdf)

Ethics Case of the Year