Consequences of planning enforcement

Find out about the consequences of planning enforcement.

Enforcement action can sometimes result in the demolition and removal of new building work and the reinstatement of buildings and land. However, over 90% of investigations are resolved without the need to take enforcement or legal action. It is particularly important to ensure that development is implemented strictly in accordance with approved plans. Any changes, however minor, must be agreed with the Council first, otherwise expensive alterations may be required subsequently.

Once enforcement action is formally authorised, it remains as a 'charge' against the property which has to be revealed when offered for sale. Clearly it is advisable to avoid such problems. On occasions where unauthorised works may be acceptable in planning terms, a retrospective application for planning permission is sometimes invited to regularise the matter.