Planning Enforcement


Covid-19 Update

Due to the current pandemic and social distancing restrictions, site inspections are only being conducted on priority 1 complaints which relate to either illegal works to protected trees/woodlands or illegal works to a heritage asset i.e. listed buildings.
All other complaints will be registered however the Enforcement team is currently unable to conduct priority 2 or priority 3 site inspections within the period specified in its Enforcement Policy. Please therefore expect delays in the progress of your complaint. 

General Enforcement Advice

Planning enforcement investigates suspected breaches of planning control and this includes non-compliance with conditions imposed on permissions that have been approved.

Enforcement is a discretionary activity and complaints will be investigated in line with the Planning Enforcement Policy.

Planning Enforcement Policy

The council supports sustainable development in the right locations but can take action to deal with inappropriate and harmful development.  To set out the approach to enforcement, the council has produced a Planning Enforcement Policy  (PDF, 491KB, 27pages) which was adopted by the council in August 2015.

Guidance about making an appeal against an enforcement notice is also available on Planning Portal.