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How to apply

How to register

To volunteer for Planning Aid England (PAE), you must first be a member of the RTPI. If you are not currently a member, please visit the Membership pages for further information about joining the Institute, including details of all membership classes.

To register as a volunteer, please complete this short online application form.

Please note: for insurance purposes, only Chartered Members of the RTPI can deliver planning advice directly to the public on behalf of PAE. This means that whilst we welcome planners of any RTPI membership class as PAE volunteers, there is a smaller variety and number of opportunities for non-Chartered RTPI members. If you are volunteering with PAE to gain further practical experience of planning, we recommend that you also consider other routes, many of which are detailed here.

What happens next

Once we have processed your completed registration form (which takes approximately 3 weeks from receipt), you will receive confirmation via email together with links to the RTPI and PAE volunteer handbooks. The handbooks contains information on all aspects of being a Planning Aid England volunteer, such as:


  • Benefits of volunteering
  • The volunteer code
  • Best practice and guidelines
  • Insurance
  • Keeping in touch
  • Useful resources

You will also receive details of how we keep in touch and advise you further on relevant, local opportunities.

Any questions?

Contact us by email or phone on 020 7929 8338.



@planningaideng : Great line-up for this @RTPISouthEast CPD event in Lewes on planning with communities. PAE volunteers can attend f… 15/01/2020 - 11:25

@planningaideng : PAE is recruiting for a part-time Planning Advisor (MRTPI required) to support the development and delivery of our… 19/12/2019 - 11:55

@planningaideng : Thank you to all our volunteers for your support in 2019! Through your efforts, PAE is able to provide a free, impa… 18/12/2019 - 11:01