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Planning and Developement Surveyor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Planning and Developement Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Planning and Developement Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Planning and Developement Surveyor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Planning and development surveyors are concerned with the control and management of land use and its development. They are involved at each stage of the development of property and land, from initial planning to completion. They advise their clients on planning issues, obtain planning permission from local authorities and prepare reports.

Those who work for local planning authorities, check planning proposals submitted by property developers and individuals. Surveyors also suggest ideas for new developments, then carry out studies to see whether the ideas will work. They analyse statistical data, consult maps and plans to assess the likely demand for houses, factories, shops and transport links such as road and rail networks.

Once a project is under way they oversee its development, ensuring that agreed plans and budgets are complied with and statutory regulations observed. Surveyors may operate in a marketing role once a project is complete, arranging advertising or making direct contact with potential purchasers.

Hours and Environment

Working hours are 9am-5pm, although variable hours and weekend work may be required.

The work is office-based, although occasional site visits may be required. Site inspections can include standing for long periods in all weathers, climbing and bending. Travel is common for site visits and meetings with clients and other professionals.

Skills and Interests

To be a surveyor you should:

  • have a wide technical knowledge of your subject
  • have a good understanding of planning law
  • have excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • be numerate and able to analyse statistical data
  • be able to work in a logical and methodical way
  • have excellent research skills
  • be IT literate.


There is no set minimum qualification for entry, however, some GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) would be useful. Most people have A levels/H grades or a degree.

To get on to a degree course you need at least two A levels/three Highers and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Qualification as a planning and development surveyor can be achieved through the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

CIOB candidates need to hold an accredited honours degree. After obtaining the degree, graduates have to obtain two years' relevant experience. Those with a higher national certificate or diploma may join as associate members and upgrade to corporate membership through further study.

RICS offers several ways to qualify. All involve studying for a qualification accredited by RICS, followed by completion of their Assessment of Professional Competence. Routes to qualification are through an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification, or by obtaining the College of Estate Managements Diploma in Surveying.


Opportunities occur throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere overseas. Most planning and development surveyors work in the public sector for central or local government. Others work as specialists in general practice surveying firms. Property development companies and property sections of large private industries also employ planning and development surveyors. Promotion depends on merit.

Some work independently as consultants, or in private practice with other professionals.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Income for surveyors in private practice depends on the profits of the business. An income in the region of £35,000 a year is common.

Further information

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Tel: 0870 333 1600

Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101

Other Useful Planning and Developement Surveyor Work Information

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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