Our planning enforcement powers

We have a number of planning enforcement powers.

(a) the service of an Enforcement or Stop Notice, the maximum penalty for failing to comply being £20,000;

(b) entering land and carrying out work itself to ensure compliance and recovering the costs of so doing;

(c) injunction proceedings in the courts to stop unauthorised development;

(d) the planning contravention notice to obtain information about activities on land where a breach of control is suspected.

(e) the breach of condition notice to ensure the condition attached to a planning permission is complied with.

(f) prosecution proceedings in the Criminal Court for failing to comply with the notice.


Report a suspected breach of Planning Permission

We have a Planning Enforcement team who investigate breaches in planning such as unauthorised development, unauthorised advertisements and non-approved works to listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas.