Planning Enforcement Charter
- What is a breach of planning control?
- What is not a breach of planning control?
- Time limits
- How to report a breach of planning control
- Anonymous enquiries and confidentiality
- Breaches that are high impact and low impact in planning terms
- Investigating a possible breach of planning control
- Acting on breaches of planning control
- Our service standards
- Making a suggestion or complaint about planning enforcement
Breaches that are high impact and low impact in planning terms
Examples of breaches of planning control that have a high impact in planning terms and those involving significant or environmental harm such as:
- Significant and irreversible unauthorised works to a Listed Building or Scheduled Ancient Monument.
- Significant and irreversible unauthorised land engineering or waste tipping.
- Unauthorised felling of a tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
- Unauthorised demolition of a building in a Conservation area.
- Non-compliance with site investigation requirements.
Examples of breaches of planning control that have a lower impact in planning terms include:
- Minor breaches that minimally exceed permitted development limits.
- Minor works without planning permission. For example, walls, fences and satellite dishes.
- Small scale householder developments and domestic outbuildings such as sheds, home offices or outhouses.
- Work that has gone undetected for an extended period (but still within the period when action could be taken).