Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
G7: £33,235 to £35,335 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
07 Sep 2017
07 Oct 2017
Full Time
Job Level

Contract - Fixed Term for twelve months, with a possibility to extend

The role

Looking for that career improving move or seeking that top brand name to boost up your CV? Keen to work for a leading council with a can-do approach and make a difference to people’s lives?

We have successfully secured funding from the DCLG to take action against rogue landlords who are renting out unlawful developments. Planning enforcement in Oxford is an important function within the planning process and our committed team of Enforcement Officers work at the sharp end of planning and development management.

We are looking for a Planning Enforcement Officer to join us who is self-motivated, adaptable and flexible in their approach and continually wants to develop themselves. Working closely with Planning Development Management and Environmental Health you will help deliver an effective joined up planning enforcement service by dealing with planning enforcement issues and carrying out investigations.

Oxford City Council’s Regulatory Services has a strong record of taking a proactive enforcement stance and using their full range of skills in an effective and innovative way to secure improvements for residents in the City. Playing a key role in this you will possess strong persuasion, negotiation and communications skills while advising customers on how to ensure compliance and assessments of harm and expediency are conducted appropriately.

The role will also involve taking appropriate enforcement action where necessary, including dealing with enforcement appeals and attending court proceedings and committee hearings. You will be a confident decision maker, able to engage with all key stakeholders and have a high personal standard of professionalism. This is a real opportunity for the right person to join a strong, efficient team whose focus is to deliver a high quality service.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing.  We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014. 

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government.  We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles.  We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme.  We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document.  Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements.  More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 07483 011151 for Direct Services roles. 

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date:  27 September 2017 (Late applications will not be processed)

Interview Date(s): 9 October 2017

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Mike Browning on 01865 252540 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities.   As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.


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