Landscape officers typically work within local authorities, where their main role is to ensure local landscapes are protected and enhanced for the future.
Typically, their duties include:
- Reviewing development proposals against relevant legislation, policy and guidance.
- Providing expert advice in relation to planning applications.
- Reviewing and critiquing Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs).
- Developing spatial planning documentation.
- Helping inform the design of major development projects.
Landscape officers will work with a wide range of stakeholders including:
- Other technical specialists within the local authority.
- Statutory bodies.
- General public.
The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered Institute for Landscape professionals. There are various levels of membership from student up to retired membership and it is also possible to become a chartered member.
Within some local authorities, the position of landscape officer is expanded to include responsibility for trees. In this situation, the post holder is also responsible for securing the protection of existing trees in the area and negotiating tree issues in relation to development proposals. In particular, they will be responsible for providing advice in relation to tree preservation orders.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Ancient woodland.
- Archaeological officer.
- Conservation officer.
- Designated areas.
- Ecological survey.
- Forest ownership.
- Green belt.
- Japanese knotweed.
- Landscape architect.
- Local planning authority.
- Planning permission.
- Protected species.
- Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- The benefits of urban trees.
- Tree hazard survey.
- Tree rights.
- Tree preservation order.
 External references
Featured articles and news
What is liquidation and how does it apply to contractors in the construction industry?
Scrutiny is placed on Carillion's controversial 2013 decision to extend subcontractor payment terms to 120 days.
RSHP unveil their involvement in a boundary crossing which will provide a new entry point into Hong Kong.
With PFI currently under the spotlight due to Carillion, this introductory article explains what they are.
Estimates suggest that up to 30,000 small firms could be at risk of non-payment as a result of Carillion's collapse.
Sir Oliver Letwin to lead an independent review into the delays in the delivery of housing.
As Carillion collapses, read our article explaining insolvency in the construction industry.
43,000 jobs at risk as Carillion declares insolvency..
1961 saw the publication of three important books about urban design that remain relevant today.
Next week the planning fee increases by 20% and new fees are introduced.
How the transformative power of BIM and other digital technologies can be used to gain a competitive edge.