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.
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Areas of enforcement
Our planning enforcement policy(pdf, 435KB) provides more details about our role in enforcing breaches of planning control.
Some main examples of when 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.
- Works on Listed Buildings.
We do not investigate:
- Neighbour disputes
- Land boundaries or ownership disputes
- Works to party walls (see the Party Wall Act 1996 - Department of Communities and Local Government website)
- Dangerous structures
View our frequently asked questions for answers to common planning enforcement queries.
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Updated: 27 April 2021