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The Planning Inspectorate

The work we do has a significant impact on people’s lives, the communities where they live and the economy

What’s it like to work at the Planning Inspectorate?

The Planning Inspectorate plays a vital role in maintaining the checks and balances of the planning system.

We make sure development is carefully considered, the right homes are constructed in the right places, and green spaces are protected. We do so objectively in a fair, open and impartial way.

Working at the Inspectorate means being part of an organisation that makes a meaningful impact on people’s lives, the communities where they live, the economy and environment.

Did you know…?

We are the nation’s largest employer of planning professionals but we also offer careers for a wide range of Civil Service professions.

Planning Inspectorate – Fair, Impartial, Open

The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales. In this short film, our staff explain our work, our purpose and the values we work by.
Building your skills

We are committed to the learning and development of our people, no matter what your role is.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme followed by regular learning opportunities virtually and in person. You will have access to a wide range of professional and personal development, and 5 days learning guaranteed per year as a minimum.

For new inspectors, we run an intensive training session in person at our Bristol headquarters. Together with your group, you will learn how to examine and decide cases in an open, fair and impartial way from experienced inspectors.

In addition, we run regular webinars to keep our people engaged with what’s happening across the organisation. Our annual training events provide a way for colleagues to meet up, share knowledge and make new connections.


We’re committed to developing our people to reach their full potential. Besides the normal civil service benefits (including generous leave and pension) these are just some of the things we offer to support you:

– Flexible working patterns to support your work-life balance

– Access to a wide-range of professional and personal development opportunities

– Modern office space in a vibrant city centre location

– Reimbursement of an annual subscription to over 50 professional bodies

– Up to 6 days paid leave for community volunteering. Find out how one team at the Inspectorate made a difference at a hostel.

Photo of Paul Morrison - CEO of Planning Inspectorate.

“It’s an exciting time to join the Planning Inspectorate and to work with us in our mission to provide exceptional service for communities across the country. I’m proud to lead an organisation with openness, fairness and impartiality at its core, and values equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Paul Morrison
Chief Executive Officer

See our latest vacancies

Casework Officer

Planning Inspectorate



Closes: 6 May 2024
  • Administration / Corporate Support
  • Operational Delivery
  • Planning

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