Planning Enforcement Officer

  • Blackburn with Darwen Council
  • Closing Date:
Company: Blackburn with Darwen Council
Salary: £24,491 - £27,741
Location: Blackburn with Darwen
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Department: Place

Grade F SCP 17 £24,491 –  SCP 23 £27,741

Terms & Conditions: 37 hours per week

Within the Development Management Team of the Planning Service, our dedicated enforcement officers monitor the implementation of planning permissions and investigates any alleged breaches of planning control.

In addition, the quality of the local environment is an important determinant of the Council’s success in achieving the growth objectives, and thereby delivering the Council’s growth agenda.

We are looking for an enthusiastic enforcement officer.  This post will involve investigating breaches of planning control, undertaking site visits, carrying out monitoring, serving notices, issuing cautions, and being witness at prosecutions.

In many cases you will find yourself working alongside enforcement professionals from other disciplines as you work collaboratively to solve problems.

A problem-solving mindset is essential, along with the ability to deal confidently and sensitively with a wide range of people.  You must be able to read and interpret plans, and an understanding of the planning process is advantageous.  Strong communication skills will be essential in order to negotiate resolutions to planning breaches and manage the concerns of affected residents.This post would suit someone who are looking to start a career in planning.

Candidates please review and look at the ESSENTIAL requirements listed in the attached Key Requirements document for this post.  Please only apply if you consider you meet the ESSENTIAL requirements.

For an informal discussion, please contact Gavin Prescott, Planning Manager 01254 585585 or email:

Please note to apply please submit your CV which must evidence the requirements of the role profile along with a supporting statement outlining how you are suitable for the role and meet the key requirements.

The listing may be closed before the closing date should sufficient applicants have been received.


Please be aware that, in line with new Government legislation, any of our roles that need to attend or work in a CQC Registered Service will require individuals to be fully vaccinated. The Government guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes’ applies to every employee attending or working within these settings.

The regulations require individuals to have a MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine or evidence they are medically exempt from the requirement.

Appropriate checks of evidence of vaccination status or a medical exemption will be requested during the recruitment process, to ensure applicants are eligible to carry out the role. Individuals that have been vaccinated by the NHS in England may demonstrate their vaccination status using the NHS COVID Pass service via the following 3 routes:

  • the NHS App
  • the NHS website –
  • the NHS COVID Pass letter

An individual’s NHS appointment card cannot be used as proof of vaccination status.

Even if your role does not satisfy these legal requirements, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 obliges employers to take reasonable steps to reduce any workplace risks, therefore we encourage all of our employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and everyone else at the workplace.

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