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Working without permission

You must find out what permission you need before you start building work.

If you make alterations or build something without permission, we can take enforcement action to get you to put things back to how they were originally.

We can also give you an enforcement notice if we give you permission to do something a certain way, but you do it differently.

Whether we take this action depends if we think the work you have done is unacceptable, harmful, or not in the public interest.

For information about planning enforcement, please contact us.

You can find out more about how to appeal an enforcement notice on the government’s webpages.

Enforcement plan

Our Planning Enforcement Plan sets out our priorities for investigations in relation to planning enforcement matters, explains what will be investigated, our policies and procedures when investigating and remedying breaches and also outlines our general powers with regard to planning enforcement.

Find out more about enforcements and how to appeal on the Planning Portal.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 23 September 2021