Ethics in Planning

Certified planners — members of the American Institute of Certified Planners — pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct. As such, the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct helps AICP members negotiate tough ethical and moral dilemmas they sometimes face. The Ethical Principles in Planning guides advisors, advocates, and decision makers in the planning process.


Actions Regarding Ethical Conduct

File a complaint of misconduct, seek informal advice, access annual reports.

All communications regarding specific ethics situations should occur either in letters or phone conversations with APA's Ethics Officer in his or her capacity as the ethics officer. Because of issues of reliability and confidentiality, email communication is not to be used.

  • Filing a complaint of misconduct. If you believe an AICP member has violated the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional conduct, consider submitting this AICP Ethical Conduct Complaint Form.
  • Seeking informal advice. Contact APA’s Ethics Officer at 312-786-6360 if you would like to discuss a matter involving your own professional conduct or matters involving other planners.
  • Access the Annual Reports on Case Activity and Requests