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Job Title: Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Location: Hertfordshire / Hybrid

Contract: 6-months ongoing

Pay: Inside IR35 - Negotiable

To assist in the effectively delivery of the service’s planning enforcement functions, specifically managing a workload of enforcement cases, ensuring robust and timely enforcement investigations and associated decision making in accordance with the Council’s Planning Enforcement Plan and local and national planning policy, guidance and legislation. To make a significant contribution to a service that is responsive to customer needs, works in a way that is proactive, and seeks continuous improvement

Main Responsibilities

  • To ensure the efficient, effective and timely consideration of enforcement cases in accordance with the Council’s Planning Enforcement Plan and national and local planning policy, guidance and legislation. To ensure the timely preparation of high quality written reports and documentation including Enforcement Notices, Breach of Condition Notices, Stop Notices, Appeal Statements and other reports for consideration in accordance with the Council’s schedule of delegation. Undertake regular site visits (often at short notice and on occasion during unsociable hours when necessary and required) to accurately evaluate possible breaches of planning. Gather evidence and information from a range of sources to support enforcement functions and wider work streams within the planning service. Assist with correspondence and enquiries relating to planning compliance related matters.   To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant planning legislation, national and regional policy and how this should be applied in practice.  To work constructively and proactively with internal colleagues within the wider Planning Service and Council as well as external partners where relevant to ensure that enforcement matters are appropriately investigated and considered.




  • Understanding of the administrative and legal procedures of planning enforcement control in Local Government and ability to apply this in practice. Detailed and up to date knowledge of the planning policy context within which planning/enforcement decisions are made and an understanding planning legislation, guidance and case law, particularly in relation Permitted Development. Experience of making informed and robust decisions, in particular being able to judge and make recommendations on the expediency of taking enforcement action. Able to use and manipulate complex information and IT databases to retrieve relevant information

If you are interested in applying, please apply now with your CV and contact Chris Wilkinson at Spencer Clarke Group on 07841 488917 


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