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Planning Enforcement Officer/ Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

East Herts Council
Hertford, Hertfordshire
£35,523 - £42,107 (inclusive of local weighting) + £3,500 Market Supplement*
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Local Authority
Graduate & Entry-level

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Grade 7 – 8 £35,523 - £42,107 (inclusive of local weighting) + £3,500 Market Supplement*

Full Time, 37 hours per week, permanent. (part-time working and job share considered).   Blended working available. Based in Hertford. Closing date 4 March 2024 at 5pm

At East Herts, we understand the importance of effective enforcement in maintaining a high performing planning service. That’s why we have a dedicated team and robust policies and frameworks in place to manage and resolve enforcement matters.

We are seeking an ambitious enforcement officer to join our team and contribute to our objectives of well-managed, sustainable growth and the preservation of everything our community values. Your work will have a direct impact on shaping our community and preserving its unique character for future generations.

This role is suitable for someone that already has experience working in planning enforcement and is interested in managing a mixed and varied portfolio of enforcement cases. If appointed at Enforcement Officer level, this career grade post provides the opportunity to progress to senior level, working on more complex cases and supervising more junior members of the team.

The Role

  • Responsible for managing a varied workload of Enforcement cases (including more complex cases depending on experience). At senior level, supervising and mentoring more junior staff. Supporting the Enforcement Team Leader to drive forward service improvements. Effective delivery of high-quality service outputs that meet policy and corporate objectives.

About you

  • Excellent working knowledge of relevant planning legislation and regulations relating to Development Management and Planning Enforcement
  • Experience of managing a wide range of enforcement cases. Experience of carefully and rigorously investigating of planning control.
  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively both with colleagues and a wide range of others, including representatives from legal firms, members of the public, legal / estates professionals, developers and landowners to achieve required outcomes. 
  • Experience of working collaboratively with others to organise workloads and resolve problems. 
  • Good IT skills and the ability to research case law and good practice

*In line with their pay policy, EHC will review the application of the Market Forces Supplement annually, and if warranted, will make adjustments in liaison with affected staff.

What we can offer you

Flexible working arrangements
Local government pension scheme
26 - 29 days’ annual leave, rising to 33 days with five years of local government service

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Jon Wragg, Planning Enforcement Team Leader on 01279 502079

Closing date: 4 March 2024 at 5pm

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, valuing diversity and maintaining a firm commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants. We believe that creating inclusive environments leads to stronger collaboration and better outcomes in our work.

If you're ready to step into a rewarding role and work with a talented, motivated team, we want to hear from you.






The District has Broxbourne to the south, Welwyn and Hatfield and Stevenage to the west and North Hertfordshire as its northern boundary. To the east, the district borders on the county of Essex.

The main centres of population are Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Buntingford. Between these main centres much of the area is open countryside, with rural communities of various sizes.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

For more information on the Council's vision and strategic objectives, please see our Vision & Corporate Priorities.

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