Planning enforcement

Most types of building works, changes of use, works to protected trees and many advertisements need our planning approval. If the necessary approvals are not obtained and any development is undertaken, this is called a breach of planning regulations and we can take action.

Reporting suspected breaches of planning regulations

Members of our community play an important role in helping us identify and report suspected breaches of planning regulations that occur within the borough .The information within this section is intended to help you find out whether the required planning permission or consent has been already obtained for a development and if not, how to report this to us.

Investigating suspected breaches of planning regulations

We always take to care to thoroughly investigate all suspected breaches of planning regulations that are reported to us. The information within this section is intended to help you understand how we do this, how suspected breaches are prioritised in terms of their investigation and how complainants and alleged offenders are kept informed during this process.

Enforcing planning regulations

Where our investigations identify a breach in planning regulations, it may be necessary for us to take enforcement action. The information within this section is intended to help you understand how we decide whether enforcement action should be taken and if so, what types of action are at our disposal.

If you require further information on our policies, rules and enforcement guidelines, please see our detailed Planning Enforcement Policy.

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