Important: We have recently been made aware that various private Building Control Companies have been unable to continue operating as Approved Inspectors. If you are affected, find out what this means for you.
- What is Planning Enforcement?
- Does every development need planning permission?
- What are the main duties of planning enforcement officers?
- Planning Enforcement online services
- Permitted Development
- Can I make a complaint without giving my name or details?
- Enforcement Register
Planning enforcement deals with breaches of planning controls, including where building work requiring planning permission is undertaken without such permission, where conditions attached to a planning condition are not complied with, or where the use of a building or site is changed without planning permission. For further information on how we deal with enforcement complaints and our service standards, please see our Planning Enforcement Charter (PDF, 292KB).
Not every new building or change of use needs planning permission from the council. Central Government lists a number of classes of development which, subject to certain conditions, can be carried out as 'permitted development' for single dwelling houses and some kind of commercial and industrial uses. Do not hesitate to contact the council if you have any concerns because it is important for every alleged breach to be investigated and dealt with appropriately.
Their core duties are:
- investigating allegations and enquiries
- writing to complaints and offenders
- negotiating remedial action
- liaising with other council departments to ensure consistency of approach
- making recommendations as to the expediency of taking enforcement action
- checking compliance with enforcement notices and prosecuting for non-compliance
- appearing as a council witness in the Magistrate Court.
Planning Enforcement complaints, dating back eight weeks, can be viewed online. Due to the Data Protection Act, the source of the comments will not be made available.
|*Planning Investigation Questionnaire||Submit Planning Enforcement Complaints|
|*Online Planning Enforcement Services||View all Planning Enforcement Complaints online|
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Please visit the Planning Portal (external link) for an illustrated guide and information on Permitted Development.
It is a council policy not to accept anonymous complaints. The council will protect the identity of complainants as much as possible. Alternatively, you can approach your ward Councillor to register a complaint on your behalf.
Anonymous complaints where the alleged breach appears serious may be investigated on behalf of the Team Leader.
The Enforcement Register contains hard copies of Planning Enforcement Notices issued since 1982. The contact details are contained below. Members of the public can inspect these records at council offices free of charge. At present the council does not have an electronic copy of the enforcement register.
If members of the public wish to obtain a copy of an Enforcement Notice these are available for a charge of £20.
Planning & Regeneration
Place and Sustainability Directorate
River Park House
225 High Road
Tel: 020 8489 5504