We have a dedicated Enforcement Team which is responsible for handling complaints alleging breaches of planning control and for monitoring new developments.

Whilst it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that development is carried out in accordance with approved plans and any conditions attached to the planning permission we will monitor new developments and follow up on failures to submit information.

The way in which enforcement cases are handled is substantially influenced by the way in which legislation is framed. There are four key points which govern enforcement processes:

  • A breach of planning control is not a criminal offence (other than in a few limited circumstances) and so immediate legal action is not usually an option
  • Enforcement action can only be taken where it is expedient to do so, which means we cannot take action against a development which we would have granted planning permission had it been applied for in the normal way
  • Government advice urges negotiation to try and resolve enforcement issues, other than in the most serious cases, before formal action is taken. This has implications for the length of time the process can take
  • It is open to people to apply for planning permission retrospectively in an attempt to regularise unauthorised development.

  1. Enforcement (you are here)
  2. What is a breach of planning control?
  3. Enforcement procedures
  4. How to report a breach of planning control
  5. What do we do next?
  6. How do we take formal action?
  7. What happens after Enforcement Notices are served?
  8. Government guidance
  9. Enforcement powers
  10. Why can enforcement action take so long?
  11. Complaints about the enforcement service
  12. How we will use your information


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