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Planning enforcement

If you think someone is carrying out work without planning permission, listed building consent, advertisement consent or works to trees with a protection order or in a conservation area, report it using the form. Please note that anonymous complaints will not be dealt with.

Is the work unauthorised?

Prior to reporting the case to enforcement it may be worth considering:

  • Is there a breach in planning control?
    • Did it need planning permission or another type of consent? (look at the planning portal as a guide)
    • Does it already have planning permission or any other relevant consent? If so, is it in accordance with the planning consent? (check our online planning register for information on individual applications) 

What enforcement can and can't look into?

Enforcement looks into breaches in planning control, this includes:

Enforcement cannot look into neighbour or boundary disputes or civil matters (e.g. covenants on your title deeds).


Report unauthorised works

Please report any enforcement matters by completing the form which will automatically be sent.

Please note: Anonymous reports cannot be responded to and may not be investigated


In some cases urgent action may be required, for example where works are actually taking place that could lead to:

  • Works of demolition or significant alteration to a listed building.
  • Works to or felling of trees subject to a Tree Protection Order or in a Conservation Area.
  • Development or breaches of a condition causing damage to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)*
  • Works in contravention of an extant Stop Notice or Temporary Stop Notice

In this case please email


The Council's policy on enforcement is available for you to view below.


Register of notices

A register of planning enforcement notices can be viewed in the council offices, please email to request this with at least 1 clear working days notice.

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