Important information regarding our Public Access site
Please be aware that the website will be unavailable for multiple days between 05 March and 22 April 2018 for various software upgrades. The planned dates will be 05/06 March, 07/08 April and 21/22 April - during these dates you will be unable to view planning applications. We will be allowing an extra 7 days for comments on applications (28 day notification from the date of consultation letters).
We apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused.
We investigate alleged breaches of planning permission and cases where development has been done without permission.
A breach could be when a building has been built or altered without planning permission. If it’s not built following the specific conditions or where the use of a property or land has changed without permission. Some development doesn’t need planning permission and is carried out under permitted development.
We enforce the breach from start to finish. This includes the service of any formal notices, appeals and court action. We do not enforce minerals and waste development. This is the responsibility of Kent County Council.
We will investigate the case before considering whether to take any action. Evidence is needed to prove a breach has occurred.
We will let you know the outcome of our investigation within 21 days.
Types of enforcement action
We decide whether to take enforcement action based on whether the development causes harm.
When it is clear that a breach has happened, we will consider if action needs to be taken and what action to take. The actions we take could be:
If the breach is minor with no significant effects – no further action may be taken.
If the development is in line with the relevant Local Plan Policies and causes no harm – we will usually ask them to complete a planning application for the development and no further action will be taken unless the application is refused. If the application is refused we will consider what further action to take.
If the breach could be exempt from the enforcement action because of the time it was built – an application for a lawful development certificate will be invited and no further action will be taken unless the application is refused. If the application is refused we will consider what further action to take.
If planning permission is unlikely to be granted – we will ask the work to stop or the unauthorised development to be removed or changed.