Planning Enforcement


Covid-19 update

Due to COVID-19, site inspections are being undertaken on a risk based approach.  Officers will investigate and visit sites where it is safe to do so. A significant increase in alleged breaches, means the Enforcement Team is focussing on the most serious. Priority is being given to priority 1 complaints which relate to:

  • illegal works to protected trees/woodlands
  • illegal works to a heritage asset, for example, listed buildings
  • serious breaches of  planning control within the AONB

All other complaints will be registered but the Enforcement team is unlikely to be able to conduct priority 2 or 3 site inspections within the time specified in the enforcement policy. Please therefore expect delays in the progress of your  complaint.

General enforcement advice

Planning enforcement investigates suspected breaches of planning control. This includes non-compliance with conditions imposed on permissions that have been approved. Enforcement is a discretionary activity and complaints will be investigated in line with the enforcement policy.

Planning enforcement policy

We support sustainable development in the right locations but can take action to deal with inappropriate and harmful development.  To set out the approach to enforcement, we have produced a planning enforcement policy.

Guidance about making an appeal against an enforcement notice is also available on Planning Portal.