Planning & Development Surveyor

Planning & Development Surveyor

Become a Planning & Development Surveyor

Your work may involve regenerating run-down estates, re-developing former industrial ('brownfield') sites and property conservation in rural and urban areas.

Your day-to-day duties may include researching market data, like land and property records, analysing figures using computer software, raising finances from funding bodies, investment companies and development agencies and working out the likely economic, social and environmental impact of a development.

  • Excellent communication
  • Negotiation and presentation skills
  • STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Research and IT skills
  • Budget awareness and financial skills
  • Networking skills
  • Report writing skills

There are a number of ways you can become a Planning & Development Surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering or Surveying Property & Maintenance or Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.


Graduate starting salaries for a planning and development surveyor are around £20,000 to £25,000.

As an experienced chartered surveyor, you can earn £30,000 to £42,000, depending on your level of experience, the company and the location.

Surveyors in more senior positions earn in the region of £40,000 to £70,000.

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