Planning Enforcement is an important function within the Planning process and forms an integral part of the Council's Development Management service. The Planning Enforcement team's role is to investigate suspected or alleged breaches of planning control.
Contact Planning Enforcement
Telephone 01494 732701
Telephone opening times
Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 5.15pm
Friday - 8.45am - 4.45pm
Planning Enforcement and Monitoring Plan - This plan sets out the way in which Buckinghamshire Council will investigate alleged breaches of planning control and how our decisions on formal enforcement action will be made.
Reporting an alleged breach
If you would like the Planning Enforcement Team to investigate an alleged or suspected breach of planning control, please complete the Alleged Breach of Planning Control Investigation Form. Before completing this form, you are asked to check the following:
- Is the work 'permitted development'? Not all development requires planning permission from the Council - see Do I need planning permission?
- Has permission already been granted for the work? You can view planning applications from 1986 to the present day.
Please complete thein as full a level of detail as possible, being sure to identify the harm you perceive to be being caused by the alleged breach of planning control. Please note it is essential that you provide your full contact details. The Enforcement team will not investigate anonymous complaints. Your details will be kept confidential.
What happens next?
On receipt of your the Alleged Breach of Planning Control Investigation Form, your request will be acknowledged and you will be given details of the case officer dealing with your request. Planning enforcement investigations are often complex, involving evidence collection and research. It therefore takes time for the Investigating Officer to establish whether there is a breach of planning regulations.
The purpose of Planning Enforcement is to resolve any harm being caused by a breach, and therefore it is usual if a breach is identified to give a reasonable time for a retrospective planning application to be submitted, or for further works to be carried out to overcome that harm. Only if the Planning Enforcement Team is unsuccessful in achieving this through negotiation is formal action considered. Formal action will often involve an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The Council therefore cannot normally take immediate action to put something right. Enforcement powers cannot be used solely to punish people for not complying with planning requirements.