Chief Commissioner wanted

The Department of Justice (DoJ) wishes to appoint a Chief Commissioner to The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC).

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) and Water Appeals Commission (WAC) are Tribunal NDPB’s of the DoJ and are administratively supported by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS). They have a range of statutory functions relating to planning and environmental matters to decide appeals from decisions by Local Government, Assembly Departments and to report to Assembly Departments on matters which those Departments refer to the Commissions.

The Chief Commissioner is the most senior source of professional expertise in the Commissions and the role holder must lead, direct and fully understand the work of individual Commissioners and of the Commissions, and promote public understanding of their role in the planning and environmental processes.

This is a full-time, permanent public appointment.

The office of the Commissions’ is located in Belfast but the Chief Commissioner is required to travel throughout Northern Ireland.

Remuneration will be in the range of £66,850 to £78,275 per annum.


How to Apply

A candidate information booklet and application form containing more detailed information on the role and person specification is available below. You can complete the application form online at

applyCandidate Information Booklet

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

PO Box 1089,
The Metro Building,
6-9 Donegall Square South,
Belfast, BT1 9EW.
Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC213085

Women, people with a disability, ethnic minorities and young people are currently under-represented on public bodies.  We would particularly welcome applications from members of these groups.

Individuals from public and private sectors, including charities and social enterprise backgrounds or community/voluntary backgrounds are welcome.

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.  Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 18th November 2016. 

This competition may be used to fill any additional vacancies that arise in the next 12 months.

If you apply, you should retain a copy of the Candidate Information Booklet for your reference in the event that you are invited for interview.

Equality of Opportunity:  The Executive Office is committed to the principles of public appointment based on merit with individual assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified individuals irrespective of religious belief, political opinion, gender, racial group, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or whether or not they have dependants.