Enforcement Officer

International Temporary
  • A great opportunity to work for an exciting unitary council
  • Good hourly rate

About Our Client

Hertsmere Council is a local government authority serving the district of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, England. Responsible for providing various services including housing, planning, leisure, and waste management, the council plays a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for residents. With a focus on community engagement and sustainable development, Hertsmere Council strives to create a vibrant and inclusive environment for its diverse population.

Job Description

  1. To assist in and carry out the investigation and monitoring of cases of alleged breaches of planning control (including protected trees and listed buildings) - whether as lead officer or in support of the Enforcement Officer. These investigations may include clarifying if the allegation constitutes development; reviewing the site history; assessing the extent of permitted development rights; interviewing and taking statements from developers, builders, complainants and others under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act; taking photographs and measurements; comparing measurements or materials on site against submitted drawings and plans.
  2. Contribute to the efficient running of the service as a member of the wider planning enforcement team.
  3. Maintain records of all investigations, including the preparation of formal file notes, ensuring that any evidence is presented in a logical and coherent manner.
  4. Make recommendations as to the appropriate course of action to address any alleged breaches of planning control in consultation with other Enforcement Officers, Planning Officers and Legal Officers. This may include the preparation of formal reports (both expediency and delegated) for approval.
  5. When instructed to do so, to produce written reports and recommendations for retrospective planning applications and certificates of lawful development.
  6. Serve Notices, by hand, where personal service is required.
  7. To organise, maintain and develop systems for the processing of enforcement enquiries.
  8. To assist in good public relations; for example attending public meetings of outside bodies to give talks and communicating the work of the Local Planning Authority.
  9. To contribute ideas and assist in the continual review of enforcement procedures and practices and to take the lead on specific improvement projects in consultation with the Enforcement and Appeals Team Leader.
  10. To keep abreast of new legislation and local, regional and national developments and issues relevant to the work of the Local Planning Authority, especially in regard to Development Management and Enforcement.
  11. To provide guidance and support to Technical Support Officers to the benefit of the Service as a whole.
  12. The Council is committed to the development of new technology in all aspects of planning work. The post holder is expected to participate in this. In particular, after training, the post holder is expected to be able to operate the various existing and proposed computer systems.
  13. To carry out such other duties as may be allocated from time to time by the Enforcement and Appeals Team Leader.

The Successful Applicant

  • An understanding of property laws and regulations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to handle enforcement duties professionally
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving
  • A strong sense of responsibility and integrity
  • The ability to work well in a team and independently

What's on Offer

  • An estimated hourly rate of GBP 40.00
  • A stimulating work environment in the public sector
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the Borehamwood community
  • A supportive team that values collaboration and integrity
  • A temporary role with the potential for growth
Gregor Thomas
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+44 191 490 4132

Job summary

Job function
Public Sector
Urban Planning
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Gregor Thomas
Consultant phone
+44 191 490 4132
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