Urban legislation is the collection of policies, laws, decisions and practices that govern the management and development of the urban environment. Urban law is necessary to create a stable and predictable framework for both public and private sector action in order to: guarantee inclusion of the interests of vulnerable groups, define conditions for access to land, infrastructure, housing and basic services; lay out rules for planning and decision-making; push for improved livelihoods and living conditions through setting the requirements for urban development initiatives.