Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement

Important Notice 

We will be transferring to a new computer system in 2018.  We’re looking forward to using the new software system as it will improve our processes and provide a better service for you when using our website.           

The Planning department will be carrying out the task of transferring to the new system from February to June 2018. 

 As Planning staff will be working on transferring data and setting up the new system there may be some delays to processing applications and enquiries

We hope to keep any disruptions to our normal day to day service to a minimum but wanted you to be aware in advance of possible longer processing times.

Thank you

Planning Enforcement

Planning enforcement deals with breaches of planning controls, including where building work that needs planning permission is undertaken without the right consent. This includes:

  • Development without planning permission        
  • Development not built as approved     
  • Development not complying with conditions
  • Works to a listed building without consent
  • Works to or removal of  protected trees or hedgerows without consent
  • Displaying an advert without consent.

Report a breach of planning control

You can report a breach of planning control by completing our online complaint form, by emailing: or by telephoning: 01572 758 400  

To help us deal with your complaint you should provide us with as much information as possible including:

  • Your name address and telephone number
  • The address of the site or location you wish to be investigated
  • The owner or occupiers name and contact details where known
  • A description of the breach 
  • What harm the breach is causing you
  • The date when the breach started

We do not normally investigate anonymous complaints unless it appears a serious breach is occurring.

Your personal details will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent however your personal details may be disclosed to other officers within Rutland County Council where other departments may be more appropriate to deal with your concern. Where formal action is considered appropriate we may ask you to give evidence at an appeal or in court.

Our Planning Enforcement Policy explains how suspected breaches of planning control will be investigated. 

Ensuring effective enforcement/Planning Practice Guidance provides information about the powers available to us for tackling breaches of planning control. 

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