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Report a planning breach and planning enforcement

Planning breaches include:

  • Carrying out building without planning permission
  • Carrying out building works which are not in accordance with a planning permission
  • Failing to comply with planning conditions attached to planning permission
  • Works on a Listed Building or to a tree with a Tree Preservation Order
  • Unauthorised works to a Listed Building
  • Unauthorised works to a tree subject to a Tree Preservation Order
  • Unauthorised works to a protected tree within a Conservation Area.
  • Display of unauthorised advertisements
  • The appearance or condition of land or buildings adversely affecting the amenity of an area
  • Failure to comply with the requirements of a formal notice issued by the Local Planning Authority

Planning breaches do not include:

  • Neighbour disputes
  • Land boundaries or ownership disputes
  • Works to party walls – Contact Citizens’ Advice for any issues or queries
  • Dangerous structures

View our Planning Enforcement Policy for more information about our role in enforcing breaches of planning control.

If you are concerned about your own anonymity, please be advised that enforcement complaints are kept confidential, communication will be treated so far as possible on a confidential basis. In the unlikely event that this breach proceeds to the prosecution stage your communication may become available for public inspection. If you are concerned in this regard please contact your Parish or Town Council to report the breach on your behalf. We cannot accept anonymous reports.

  1. How do I Report a Planning Breach?

    If suspected unauthorised building work is causing immediate, serious or irreversible harm to neighbourhood facilities, a listed building, protected tree or conservation area, call us on 01935 462462.

    Suspected criminal activity that is about to take place or is taking place, e.g. disturbance to nesting birds, unauthorised works to protected trees, damage to listed building etc can be reported to the Police especially if occurring ‘out of office hours’.  

    Check to see if any permission exists for the development you wish to report. You can do this online in the Your Area section of the website.

    If no permission exists, check to see if the work taking place does actually require planning permission. You can do this on the Planning Portal.

    If no planning permission has been granted, or the works taking place differ to those that were allowed by the permission, or you believe permission is required, complete our online Report a Breach of Planning Control web form

    To report an issue you need to be registered for a My Account. This will save you having to re-enter information and allow you to track the progress of the report.

    * Please be aware that you will be timed out after 30 minutes of inactivity on your account. Please refer back to your account to ensure your breach has been submitted. * 

    In order to report an alleged breach of planning control you will need an account with SSDC, if you have not already registered. It is simple to set up and will only take a few minutes. 

    Anonymous or incomplete reports, or those not using the above form, will not normally be pursued. 

  2. How will the complaint be dealt with?

    Your complaint will be registered, triaged and passed to a case officer. Priority will be given to those that require swift action. All complaints will be dealt with in accordance with our Enforcement Protocol.

    If you don’t wish to make a complaint yourself you could enlist support from your Town/Parish Council to submit on your behalf.

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