Enforcement of Planning Control
We have the responsibility to investigate potential breaches of planning control and take enforcement action when necessary.
What is a breach of planning control?
A breach of planning control is defined in section 171A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as:
- The carrying out of development without the required planning permission; or
- Failing to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted.
How we deal with breaches of planning control?
We take the following steps in resolving breaches of planning control:
Most breaches can be dealt with through negotiation and is usually found to be the best way to address the issue.
If however, that cannot resolve the issue then we have powers to issue the following formal notices:
Requiring the breach to be dealt with.
Requiring an immediate stop to the breach.
Breach of condition notices
Served when conditions attached to planning permission are being ignored.
Construction Management Plans
A list of Construction Management Plans can be found on our Major Development Sites with Construction Management Plans page.
View enforcement action taken and notices
We provide a monthly update on the enforcement cases we have investigated and closed.
If we have issued a notice then you will be able to view it on our online planning register.
Further information and guides
East Grinstead, Crawley Down, Copthorne, Ardingly, Sharpthorne, Horsted Keynes, Turners Hill, Ashurst Wood
Haywards Heath, Balcombe, Bolney, Cuckfield, Lindfield, Scaynes Hill, Pease Pottage, Warninglid, Slaugham, Ansty
Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Sayers Common, Hurstpierpoint, Albourne, Hickstead, Twineham
South Downs National Park
For queries relating to areas within the South Downs National Park please go to the South Downs National Park website.