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Town Planning Support

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Town Planning Support
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€20 - 37
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Carry out administrative and technical work on decisions that help shape local communities. This can include work on designs for town and city building developments, new road layouts or environmental policies.


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Town planning support staff help to process planning applications submitted by individuals and businesses. This is a broad role that includes everything from giving advice to the public, to technical planning and office duties. As a support staff member, your responsibilities would include:

  • preparing reports for internal and external publications
  • recording minutes at meetings
  • building and managing technical libraries, filing systems and databases
  • drawing up designs, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • carrying out data surveys, for example 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 procedures.

You might also work in planning enforcement, which would involve:

  • working with individuals and businesses to make sure that they comply with the conditions set out in their application decisions
  • gathering information to use as evidence in disputes
  • presenting reports on breaches to planning committees or, where necessary, to magistrates and judges.

You would usually work for a local authority, independent planning consultancy, government department or a private company, for example a property developer.


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Town planning support staff need:

  • Good number skills.
  • To be able to express themselves clearly and accurately, both verbally and in writing.
  • Good teamworking skills as much of what you'll be doing involves helping town planners with their work.
  • An interest in the built and natural environment.
  • IT skills.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Irish Planning Institute
Address: Floor 3, The Courtyard, 25 Great Strand St, Dublin 1.
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