Town planning assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Town planning technician

Town planning assistants process applications, give advice about regulations and carry out design work and office administration.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become a Town planning assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can get into this job through a town planning technical support advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

There are no set entry requirements if you want to apply directly for jobs, but GCSEs or A levels in subjects like geography, graphic design, business studies, English, environmental studies or economics could be useful.

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Career tips

You may have an advantage if you have experience in:

  • customer service
  • administration
  • computer-aided design (CAD)
  • construction
  • surveying

Further information

You can find out more about careers in this area from The Royal Town Planning Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • maths skills
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • preparing reports for internal and external publications
  • recording minutes at meetings
  • building and managing technical libraries, filing systems and databases
  • drawing up plans using computer aided design software
  • carrying out data surveys, like traffic impact assessments
  • supplying information and data to planners for applications
  • recording the progress and outcomes of planning applications
  • organising public meetings
  • answering enquiries about application procedure

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team leader or move up to technician level. With further study, you could become a fully qualified town planner.

You could also set up your own business and offer consultancy in areas like planning law and sustainable design.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Trainee Project Engineer Apprentice - Level 3

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Billingham TS23 1PX

Apprentice 3D Modeller

  • Wage : £10,000.00 - £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Huddersfield HD1 2LF

Courses In England

A-Level Environmental Studies

  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Swindon

Environmental Science A Level - offered as part of a full-time programme of A Level study

  • Provider: The Sixth Form College Colchester
  • Start date: 27 August 2019
  • Location: Colchester

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