Why Planning Enforcement?
- Gives the public confidence in the development control process.
- Gives the Council powers to protect the built and historic environment and residents’ quality of life.
- Discourages unauthorised development and ensures effective compliance with planning permissions.
- More information can be found in the City’s Enforcement Policy Document.
A Commitment to Public Protection
- Formal enforcement action will be taken where the breach is proven, demonstrably causes harm, and where it is in the public interest to do so.
- Will take reasonable and proportionate action where planning breaches are evidenced.
- There are a number of powers available to the City Council, some of which provide a right of appeal.
- Notices served are recorded on the Council’s Enforcement Register and copies of each Notice can be provided upon request or viewed in public access.
Helping us to help you
To enable the Council to more effectively address the most serious planning breaches, we ask you to consider the following information before making your enquiry;
- Satellite dishes
- Untidy / overgrown land / gardens
- Construction / deliveries /works outside permitted hours
- Car sales / repairs
- Extensions / outbuildings / other household development
- House being sub-divided / Converted to HMOs
- Business operating from home
- Fences, walls and enclosures
- Works or alterations to listed buildings
- Advertisements / signage
- Mobile van foods
Not planning enforcement
The Council does not (usually) have powers to deal with the following through its planning enforcement function:
- Breach of covenant (Civil matter)
- Party Wall etc Act
- Boundary disputes / encroachment (unless onto Council Land)
- Overhanging guttering (Council’s Building Control team)
- Noise complaints (Council’s Environmental Health team)
- Internal works to a non-listed building
- Obstruction of a highway or public right of way
- Parking a caravan within the residential boundary of a property provided that it is ancillary to the dwelling
- High hedge disputes - these are dealt with by City Council’s Tree Officer
- Health and Safety Issues (dangerous structures by building control otherwise Health and Safety Executive)
No further action
The Council cannot or does not usually take action in the following cases, where:
- Works are ‘permitted development’ and do not need planning permission.
- Works are ‘de minimus’
- Sign/advertisement has ‘deemed consent’ and does not need advertisement consent.
- It is not expedient to take further action
- The works are otherwise lawful, and immune from enforcement action
Reporting a Potential Planning Breach
- Before making a complaint please consider if the breach is something you could resolve by speaking with the person you feel is causing the breach.
- Unless there are exceptional circumstance, the council will normally only investigate complaints in writing or by email, with your contact details.
- All enquiry contact details will remain confidential.
Please provide the following information;
- Provide the exact location of the land/property.
- Description of the breach.
- What harm is being caused.
- Where known, the names and contact details of persons involved.
- In the case of an alleged unauthorised use – what activity is taking place, how often and when
- Dates when the development took place or the activity started.
You can submit your enquiry in a number of ways:
- Report It’ through the City Council webpage
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a letter in the post to Planning Enforcement Team, 4th Floor, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ
The standards to which we aspire to are included within the Planning Enforcement Customer Service Standards.