Town planning support staff

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Construction and building

Career outlook for town planning support staff

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would carry out administrative tasks to help town planners to shape communities. Your work might focus on building, transport or the environment. You might also work on projects across several areas.

You would:

  • Prepare reports for internal and external use
  • Take minutes at meetings
  • Manage technical libraries, filing systems and databases
  • Draw up plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Carry out data surveys such as traffic impact assessments
  • Supply information to planners for applications
  • Record the progress and outcomes of planning applications
  • Organise public meetings
  • Answer questions about application procedures

You might also work in planning enforcement. You would:

  • Work with people and businesses to help them meet the conditions set out in their application decisions
  • Gather information to use as evidence in planning disputes
  • Present reports on legislation to planning committees, magistrates and judges

You could work in either the public or private sector. In the private sector you could work for real estate and utility companies or house builders.

Working conditions


You would normally work around 38 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working and part-time hours may be available.


You would mainly be office-based, with some travel to carry out site visits and attend meetings and conferences.


You would travel to go to meetings and visit sites.

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no set qualifications for this role. Most employers expect a good general education including qualifications at SCQF level 4/5 or Highers (SCQF Level 6). 

An HNC/HND (SCQF Level 7/8) or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ level 3) would be required if you want to work in a technical role.

You can enter an HNC or HND with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

With experience, you could work towards being a chartered town planner. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has more information.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses)
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Business management
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

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