Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement


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.

Coronavirus impact on planning enforcement site visits

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:

Please complete the Icon for word Alleged Breach of Planning Control Investigation Request Form [70.51KB] in 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.