Planning enforcement

We can apply enforcement powers when there is a failure to comply with planning regulations.

These are discretionary powers and we are only able to use them when it is proportionate to do so according to planning policies and law.

Report a breach

The main areas where enforcement may apply are:

  • Carrying out building works either without planning permission or in a way that is significantly different from what has been granted planning permission.
  • Failing to comply with planning conditions attached to planning permissions.
  • Changes of use of land or buildings either without planning permission or in a way that is significantly different from what has been granted planning permission.
  • Advertising signs.
  • Works on Listed Buildings.

We do not investigate:

Our enforcement policy provides more details about our role in enforcing breaches of planning control.

Download the Planning enforcement policy(pdf, 435KB).

Updated: 25 March 2014