Planning enforcement

Local enforcement plan

We investigate alleged breaches of planning control and proactively monitor development sites. Our local enforcement plan sets out our approach to planning enforcement:

Short term letting

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If you suspect a development breach

Before you report a breach, search our application records to see if permission has been granted for the development.

In some instances, changes may not need planning permission, or development may be allowed under permitted development rights and therefore not need consent from the Planning Department.

If you believe that permission has not been granted or you want us to investigate a possible breach of the planning rules complete our Report a Planning Breach form.

If you submit an enforcement allegation

We do not reveal the names of people who contact us about enforcement cases. We don't accept anonymous enforcement allegations so you must provide your:

  • name
  • address
  • contact telephone number or email address

All enforcement allegations are confidential so we will keep your personal details private.

When we receive your allegation we will:

  • acknowledge your allegation in writing
  • open a case
  • visit the site within ten working days of opening the case
  • keep you informed of the outcome

There are a number of potential outcomes to an enforcement allegation including the submission of a retrospective planning application which would follow the normal application process.

Read more about planning enforcement National Planning Practice Guidance.

Enforcement fees

Details about fees for enforcement-related notices are detailed in this table:

Fee Description 2022-23 Fee (£)
Requests to confirm compliance with an Enforcement Notice 353.00
Requests to confirm compliance with an Enforcement Notice – one hour meeting included 458.00
Requests to withdraw an Enforcement Notice 592.00
Requests to withdraw an Enforcement Notice – one hour meeting included 697.00
Miscellaneous meeting – one hour (at the HoDM’s discretion) 759.00
Miscellaneous meeting – two hours (at the HoDM’s discretion) 1,280.00

Pay charges here

Last updated: 24 March 2022