In the Netherlands, this can be found in a zoning plan. In a zoning plan, a certain purpose is assigned to plots of land and rules are set regarding the use of buildings on these plots. The use determines the function of a plot of land in the zoning plan. The function determines what can be done with the ground. For instance, a building can be attributed the function residential, or a number of plots of land can be labelled as shopping or catering area.
In order to start building, a permit will be needed.