With an unprecedented level of development taking place, Birmingham is a city fully embracing change. From commercial and housing growth to major infrastructure projects and schemes enhancing the City’s unique historic environments, planners are playing a huge role in shaping Birmingham’s future landscape.

Among other projects, the arrival of HS2 will connect Birmingham to the capital in just 49 minutes; Birmingham Smithfield will be the largest city centre mixed-use development in the country; and the Langley Urban Extension will create a new community with 6,000 homes. And on top of that, we’re welcoming the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

It’s a huge undertaking and it won’t happen without talented planners leading the way. Find out more about working for Birmingham City Council below and apply for one of our opportunities.

Birmingham is a brilliantly diverse, young and creative city.

It is the most entrepreneurial city outside of London, with the population set to grow by 150,000 by 2031. Birmingham is developing at pace, and so are we.

The Council’s Planning and Development team is already involved in major growth projects, committed to an ambitious 15-year growth strategy.

When you join us, you’ll work on some of the biggest and most exciting projects the city has ever seen. Think High Speed 2, Curzon, Commonwealth Games 2022, Birmingham Smithfield and many more. We’re developing 51,000 new homes and 1.5 million square metres of commercial, leisure and retail space. In all, £4bn infrastructure investment is planned. And the scale of projects is matched by the diversity.

We’re united by our goal of making a real difference to our community, and we have the resources and capability to make it happen.

With a multi-disciplinary team of 160 people, we are the largest Planning and Development team in the country. But of course, Planning and Development encompasses a broad spectrum of activities.

Here’s a guide to our core functions.

Planning Management

Planning Management enables the delivery of the city’s ambitious growth agenda, handling a significant portfolio of planning applications. You will have the opportunity to work on the widest range of schemes possible from the largest mixed-use schemes in the country, to conversions of historic buildings, to new residential neighbourhoods, to infrastructure projects, to household extensions, and everything in between.

Growth Policy and Programmes

The team provides the strategic direction that ensures new investment really works for Birmingham. Alongside setting the policies that guide future growth and infrastructure the team lead on resource bidding, transport planning, road safety, air quality and new technology initiatives.

Development Planning

Development Planning supports economic development and investment across the city. They provide local based plans and frameworks, secure funding, and engage with investors, developers and communities to guide development and unlock investment. In short, they instigate transformation across the city and maximise the positive impacts of development.

City Design and Conservation

The specialist function provides the expertise to promote and enhance the quality of the city’s built and natural environment. Their remit is broad advising on design issues such as architecture and landscaping, the conservation and management of heritage assets, and the protection and promotion of green infrastructure.

Our multi-disciplinary working doesn’t just stop within Planning and Development. The department sits within the wider Economy Directorate which brings together Property, Housing Development, Transportation, Highways, Skills and Business Enterprise and Innovation as one integrated team working toward delivering the city’s ambitious agenda.

Planning Enforcement

Central to ensuring that the highest quality of development is delivered the planning enforcement team are working at the forefront of our growth agenda dealing with a wide range of breaches of planning control and ensuring that an efficient and effective enforcement service is provided.

Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job. Our core purpose is to make a positive difference every day to people’s lives. And that includes our own staff. The committed people that work for us deserve excellent support.

Our values

It’s our shared responsibility to support and challenge one another to live up to expectations and, critically, to ensure that we put our citizens first. This ethos has shaped our distinct culture, marked by camaraderie and empowerment – a culture that you’ll feel every day.


Support also comes in the form of a comprehensive benefits package, exceptional professional development planning, and even support to relocate, should you need it. And you’ll work in a vibrant modern office in the city centre.

Our many benefits include:

  • A pension scheme with a generous employer contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Family-friendly policies
  • Subsidised travel passes
  • An employee benefits scheme
  • Payment of RTPI fees
  • Occupational health support including self-referral to a free and confidential counselling service.
  • Support to relocate, where required, for resettlement, removal expenses or rental costs

Learning and development

Learning and continuous professional development are Council priorities. Tailored professional development plans, and regular performance appraisals are in place to support your ongoing personal and professional progression.

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