Planning enforcement aims to make sure that building work, changes of use, signs and the condition of property are acceptable and/or have the right sort of planning permission.
Building work, or changes in the use of buildings or land, sometimes takes place without planning permission. This is called unauthorised development and in these cases, the planning enforcement team can investigate and take action to remove or reduce the harm caused.
Adverts and Signs
Many advertisements and signs, such as illuminated shop signs and hoardings, need advertisement consent. If this consent has not been given, we can take enforcement action.
Condition of Buildings or Land
If a building or land is in a very poor condition, we can take enforcement action to improve its appearance.
We will investigate unauthorised development and will normally give the owner, or person carrying out the works, the opportunity to rectify the matter without us taking formal action. In some cases, if the unauthorised development does not cause significant harm, we may take no further action.
To search for authorised enforcement notices use this link to view the planning enforcement register.
If you have concerns regarding any of the above issues you can submit an online form.
If you wish to comment on someone else’s appeal please read the guide thoroughly first. Please use this link to see a copy of Planning Enforcement - Guide to taking part in Enforcement Appeals.
In order to help you with the sometimes complex issues involved with different types of enforcement issues and action, officers are always available to give free advice.
Planning Enforcement Officers will welcome discussion of alleged unauthorised development, or to meet you on site to discuss further. For further information you can read Planning Enforcement – Your Guide to the Service.