How to report a breach of planning control

How to report a breach of planning control

When to report a breach

If you're concerned about a development and think it may have breached planning control, please check if planning permission has been granted and what the conditions are.

You can check if planning permission has been granted online by searching planning applications

If you still think that the correct planning permission has been breached, or that work has been carried out without the correct permission, we will need the following information:

  • the precise location of the site or property to which the complaint relates
  • the exact nature of concern. For example, the potential breach of planning control
  • an indication of any harm caused by the breach
  • if possible, how long ago the activity was undertaken, any information about the identity of the person or organisation responsible and the date when the breach began

Report a breach of planning control


All investigations are carried out on a strictly confidential basis and the investigation team will not reveal the complainant's details.

On serious breaches of planning control - which may warrant prosecution, or result in an appeal - the complainant may be invited to give a witness statement. This situation is rare and involvement in the case is on a voluntary basis.

Anonymous complaints

It is essential to provide details of the suspected planning breach along with your contact details in order for us to be able to follow up on your complaint.

Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated unless the complainant has a valid reason for not giving their details and explains this to the investigating officer.

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