The Government produces legislation and regulations which govern what does, and does not require planning permission.
We have legal powers and duties to implement and enforce planning law. This includes protecting buildings of historic importance, controlling outdoor advertisements, dealing with untidy land and buildings, trees and high hedges as well as taking action when serious harm is being caused.
Planning enforcement exists to help control development which has been undertaken without planning permission, or the development constructed does not adhere to the original planning permission granted.
We have to decide whether it is right to take action. It is not a criminal act, in most cases, to breach planning control. However, unauthorised works to protected trees and listed buildings, and the display of unauthorised advertisements, do constitute criminal offences, as does failing to resolve an enforcement notice within a specific timeframe.
Central Government has set down how planning enforcement should operate in the National Planning Policy Framework.
The Enforcement Register shows all Enforcement Notices and Breach of Condition Notices served since 1 January 2000. This information is updated within 1 working day of a notice being served.
Our Enforcement Plan
As per the recommendations of the National Planning Policy Framework, we have published our own Planning Enforcement Policy Statement.
Reporting a Potential Breach in Planning
You can report an alleged breach in planning control. Remember to complete all the required details set out within the form. We cannot accept anonymous reports.
Whilst the details of the alleged breach will be publicly available, your name, address and any details which identify you will be kept confidential to us. However, if you make any comments on any subsequent planning application, these will be available for the public to view and read.
We aim to acknowledge your report within 3 working days of receipt and aim to keep you informed of progress, so please make sure you supply your contact details.
Planning Enforcement Officer
Stevenage Borough Council