We don't enforce minerals and waste development. That's looked after by Kent County Council.
We look into breaches of planning permission and cases where works have been done without permission.
We'll enforce the breach from start to finish. This includes serving of any formal notices, appeals and court action.
You can report a breach using our online form.
You can see what formal action we can take by looking at our Enforcement Action page.
A breach can happen when:
Some works can be carried out without needing permission and wouldn't be classed as breaches. To see what they are take a look at our Interactive planning help page.
Other breaches can be classed as criminal acts and can result in high penalties. They are unauthorised:
If you think there's been a breach or are concerned works have been carried out without permission then report it to us.
You should search for the application to see if we've granted permission or not. You'll also be able to see any conditions that were added.
We'll need to know:
We'll investigate the breach then decide whether to take action or not.
We'll contact you within one working day of our initial site visit and once we've made our decision. We'll also update you when major milestones have been met.
A site visit will be done within one working day of receiving the report and includes breaches about unauthorised works:
A site visit will be done within 10 working days of receiving the report and includes breaches about:
For more information about the two priorities take a look at our Local Enforcement Plan.
We'll decide to take action based on whether the development is causing harm or not.
Once it's clear a breach has happened, we'll consider if we need to take action and what action to take. If:
We'll normally only take formal action as a last resort.
If you cannot find what you are looking for in our search facility, you can use our A-Z index to find the service you require.