Report a planning breach

Our planning enforcement team is committed to protecting the character of the borough. We deal with breaches of planning control from small scale building to major developments and unlawful advertisements. Help us by reporting suspected planning breaches.

Report a planning breach

If you are unable to complete the online form, please phone us on 01483 755 855 and leave an answerphone message. Your message will be passed on to one of our planning enforcement team for investigation.

Officers will provide an initial response to your query within 7 days of receiving it.

Enforcing planning breaches

Breaches of planning control are not a criminal offence. However, we do have powers to force those responsible to put right the breach within a specified period. It is a criminal offence to fail to comply with an Enforcement Notice or Breach of Condition Notice, display unlawful advertisements, work on a listed building or protected trees without consent.

We are responsible for keeping a Register of Enforcement Notices, Listed Building Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices, Temporary Stop Notices and Breach of Condition Notices.

The enforcement register is available on request. Please email

We also publish a Local Enforcement Plan to provide a framework for investigating and enforcing breaches of planning control. It provides a clear statement of what can be expected from the enforcement team.

Download the Local Enforcement Plan  


If you’ve reported a breach of planning control, details of your issue will be dealt with in confidence. Your name and address will not be given to the person or organisation involved in the alleged breach. 

Please note we do not investigate anonymous complaints.