Place Standard Guidance

The Place Standard Guidance will help you plan, organise and carry out an assessment using the Place Standard tool. It is for individuals who are new to the Place Standard as well as those familiar with the tool.

The Quick Guide (Section 1) provides an introduction to the Place Standard tool, an overview of its main stages, and some key principles to think about while carrying out your assessment. These are then explained in more detail in the rest of the guide.

Download Place Standard Guidance

Place Standard Learning Resource

A really useful learning resource created by Public Health Scotland. Designed to enable users to understand and practically apply the Place Standard tool in a variety of contexts, it includes helpful tools and templates.

This resource will be useful to any group looking to undertake a Place Standard assessment. It has primarily been designed with community and third sector groups and organisations in mind but is applicable to any setting.

An updated version will be available here soon. In the meantime you can continue to access the original Learning Resource through the link below where you'll be prompted to login or create an account in order to use the Learning Resource.

Access the Learning Resource here

Place Standard tool as a PDF

The updated Place Standard tool is easy to use online as an individual or as part of a group at It is also easy to use in different formats. If you would like to download a full copy of the tool as a PDF you can do so here.

Download the Place Standard tool as a PDF

More on the Place Standard tool

There are also additional versions of the Place Standard tool and further supporting resources available to supplement the main tool. For instance, to support children and young people participating in conversations about their places. Or the Design Version, a complementary addition to inform the emerging design or development of a place.

Find out more about the Place Standard Tool

Inclusive Communication Toolkit

You can use the Toolkit alongside the information and guidance for any version of the Place Standard you are using. The toolkit will help you set up an event in an inclusive way, which will help include more citizens in the conversation.

Inclusive Communication Toolkit