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A breach of planning control may involve:
- Building works affecting the external appearance of a building.
- Internal and external works to a listed building.
- Material changes of use.
- Non-compliance with conditions attached to a planning permission.
- The erection of advertisements.
- The felling of protected trees.
Certain works or changes of use may not require planning permission. Where permission is not required from the local planning authority, or where planning legislation permits the works, the council will not be able to take enforcement action.
Planning Enforcement does not investigate:
- Neighbour disputes.
- Land boundaries or ownership disputes.
- Works to party walls.
- Smells, noise and pollution.
- Use or development on highways or pavements.
- Dangerous structures.
If it is decided that the planning rules have been broken, Planning Enforcement will investigate the matter – for more information on this please view our planning enforcement guide.