Reporting a breach in planning

What is not a breach of planning control

The following examples are not normally considered breaches of planning control and it is likely that enforcement action will not be taken:

  • permitted development (development which has a blanket planning permission granted by the government). For more information about permitted development, please use the planning portal website
  • advertisements displayed in accordance with the advertisement regulations. For more information about advertisement regulations, please use the planning portal website
  • boundary disputes, neighbour disputes, landownership and party wall issues
  • minor breaches. The council's formal enforcement powers will not be used against a trivial or technical breach of planning control, where there is limited hard to the public
  • breaches of building regulations - if you wish to report a dangerous structure or unauthorised building work, our Building Control team can assist you
  • on street parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas
  • operating a business from home on a low key basis. For more information about working from home, please use the planning portal website
  • clearing land of undergrowth, bushes and trees so long as they aren't subject to a tree preservation order and are not within a conservation area, or protected by a planning condition.

Sometimes breaches of planning control and immune from enforcement action. Immunity from enforcement action arises when the breach is for:

  • residential purposes and has been substantially completed for more than 4 years
  • commercial purpose when the use has occurred for more than 10 years.

Contact the planning team

Contact the planning team