Planning Enforcement information

The Planning Enforcement department look into complaints about potential breaches of planning control.

These might include:

  • unauthorised building works
  • untidy land
  • removal of protected trees
  • breaches of planning conditions
  • unauthorised changes to use of buildings or land  

The primary aim to achieve a balance between freedom of landowners to use and alter their land or properties whilst at the same time needing to safeguard amenities from significant harm. This is set out in the Town and County Planning Act 1990. 

Developers and landowners are advised to make sure they have the necessary approval to undertake work before they start and not assume that they will get consent retrospectively.

We are able to offer planning pre-application advice to assist with this.

Report a breach to planning enforcement

If you are concerned about a development near you which you think does not have planning permission, you can tell us about it by submitting a planning enforcement complaint.

If you need a physical form please contact the Planning Enforcement team on

Last updated 24 August 2021
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