Planning enforcement

We have some powers which we can use if planning rules have been broken to put things right.

The following are some examples of a breach of planning:

  • development without permission or built differently to the approved plans
  • work (other than like for like repairs) to a listed building without consent
  • work to protected trees without consent
  • display an advertisement without consent

Permitted development

Some developments do not need planning permission because of their size, height and so on. This type of development is called permitted development. We will investigate whether a breach has happened and what harm, if any, has been caused and what action we may need to take.

The process and timescales we follow are available in our Enforcement information leaflet (PDF 2MB).

We take breaches of planning very seriously and most of our complaints come from neighbours or Councillors, as well as from officers as part of their routine checks of new developments.

Enforcement complaints

Enforcement complaints should be made using the Enforcement complaints form.

We do not accept anonymous complaints but your details are kept confidential.

Register of Notices

This register contains details of notices that have been authorised and/or served and is updated weekly and is available from the related documents section.

You need to carry out a local land charge search if you want this information to buy a property. No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in this register and using this information is at your own risk. We reserve the right to remove or not display certain notices for confidentiality or other reasons.



Planning refusals and appeals DEC03 PS6 Plan Refusal leaf6pp 2-12LR.pdf1045534pdf
Enforcement leaflet DEC04 PS7 Enforcement Rules Broken 2-12LR.pdf1881748pdf
Register of Notices of Notices.pdf328433pdf

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