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Planning Enforcement

What is the role of planning enforcement?

If you think that development is being carried out without planning permission, or you are concerned about a change of use of a building or land please let us know.

If you see any work taking place to a listed building that you do not think has consent, or to a tree within a Conservation Area or protected by a Tree Preservation Order, please contact us immediately. It is very important that we act as soon as possible to minimise irreversible harm.

There is a range of development types that require planning and/or listed building consent, and these are set out in our Service booklet  You can also report concerns where planning permission has been granted but you think that the development is not being carried out in accordance with the approved plans or conditions attached to that permission.

You can report all enforcement issues through our online form Please provide as much information as possible

You can find out if planning permission is in place by carrying out a search online.

How we deal with enquiries

We aim to investigate all enquiries within 28 days, but if it appears particularly urgent, then we aim to visit within 3 working days.

We prioritise all enquiries when we receive them and will prioritise those where there is a likelihood of serious or irreversible harm, such as works to listed buildings or work to protected trees.

Once we have investigated your enquiry, we will contact you to let you know what we have found and what we intend to do next. Investigations can be complex and often take weeks to months to complete. In the most complex cases it is sometimes years before a resolution is reached.

Someone has made an enquiry against my property, what happens now?

If we receive an enquiry about your property we will ask that you work with us to resolve the problem where possible. We will contact you and may visit the site as part of our investigations and we ask that you are open, upfront and cooperative whilst we carry out our investigations. Planning operates in the public interest, so we are there to help you resolve any problems as much as the person which made the enquiry.

The Local Enforcement Plan sets out how we seek to resolve breaches of planning.

Your personal information

Using your personal information

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be collected and used to process your service request or enquiry in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations 2018.

For information on how we use your personal information please go to our privacy statement on

You do have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.