During the British Mandate period, Palestine (including Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza strip) was divided into 6 administrative districts. Each district was a planning area, and a regional outline plan was approved for each one of these. The mandatory regional outline plans thus covered vast areas, but contained enough detailed provisions to allow building permits to be issued. In West Bank area where neither Jordan nor Israel had approved new plans since then, the Mandatory Regional Outline plans are still in force. These plans were the basis for granting thousands of building permits by the Israeli military government (which was replaced by the CA in 1982) until the late 1980s, however in more recent years, new Israeli interpretation of the plans made it almost completely impossible to obtain building permits on their basis.