When we can take enforcement action against unauthorised developments
We can take enforcement action against:
- unauthorised operational development – carrying out building works, for example, construction of buildings or extensions
- unauthorised material changes of use – changing the use of the building, for example, using a shop as a restaurant
- breaches of conditions – breaching conditions attached to planning permissions, for example, conditions restricting hours of operation
- unauthorised works to a listed building that affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest
- unauthorised total or substantial demolition in a conservation area
- unauthorised display of advertisements
- poor condition of private land that is adversely affecting the amenity of an area.
It is a criminal offence to carry out unauthorised works to listed buildings, total or substantial demolition of a building in a conservation area, the unauthorised display of advertisements and unauthorised works to protected trees.
We cannot take enforcement action against:
- changes of use that fall within the same use class
- developments granted planning permission under the GPDO (permitted developments) that are, for examples: small residential extensions; satellite dishes; fences and walls; means of access and hard standings; outbuildings, sheds or greenhouses; loft conversions, dormers or roof lights.