The enforcement process

When you report a breach in planning your details will be kept confidential.  You will be told the outcome at the end of an investigation.

For our approach on handling planning related enforcement use our:

Our first check will be to find out if any permission is needed. We cannot take enforcement action when:

  • the work does not need planning permission
  • permission has been granted
  • planning law has not been broken

When work has been done without permission we will try to negotiate a solution. When negotiations fail we will consider the benefit of taking enforcement action.

We don’t take enforcement action on all breaches of planning control. We assess the level of harm caused and whether the matter meets local and national planning policies. Formal action is taken when we decide a breach is serious enough to go ahead with enforcement.