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Report a Planning Breach

If you are concerned that development has been, or is being carried out without planning permission or any conditions attached to a planning decision are not being followed, you can tell us. We will assess the details of the case and determine whether formal investigation is necessary. Enforcement action is discretionary and local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control.

What should I do if I suspect a breach or want to start an enforcement complaint?

Have you checked if planning permission already exists?  First, check to see if any permission exists for the development you wish to report. You can do this on our website using our planning search.  For us to be able to fully investigate your concerns, we require as much information as possible from you.

Have you checked if planning permission is required for the work taking place?  If not, please check using the planning portal website

Is the issue regarding any of the following?

- Boundary or ownership disputes
- Party wall issues
- Covenant issues

If so, these are civil matters so please contact the citizens advice bureau or seek legal advice. The Council is not a responsible authority for these matters.

What will the council do about a breach of planning control?

To ensure that we effectively investigate alleged breaches of planning control we will:

  • Record details of all complaints.
  • Keep the person who made the complaint and any other relevant interested parties informed of progress.
  • Assess whether there has been a breach of planning control and whether further investigations are needed or any enforcement powers should be used.
  • Collate any additional information required and carry out consultations, site visits or write to people with an interest in the land.
  • Invite a retrospective planning application or require the removal or alteration of the breach, if appropriate.

All complaints made by private individuals or companies are kept confidential, your name will not be disclosed without your knowledge and agreement, unless we are legally required to do so.

Unless you have a good reason for not giving us your details, and explain why, anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated and cannot be reported online.

Report a Planning Breach

Our Icon for pdf Enforcement Policy [95.39KB] has further information (Appendix 2 for Planning Enforcement).