Planning enforcement

Investigating a breach of regulations

Guidelines for when planning permission is required is available from the Planning Portal.

If you carry out development without permission a planning enforcement officer may visit your property to inspect the works to determine if a planning breach has occurred. Help them by providing information and co-operating with the investigating officer. This will ensure a quicker investigation and enable them to give you accurate planning advice.

If the officer concludes that no planning breach occurred, the investigation will be closed. If the officer determines that there is a planning breach, they will advise you of your options to put it right.

What affects decisions

The team will consider whether and how the breach affects public amenities or existing use of land and buildings, and assess the works against Ealing’s Development Management Plan and the London Plan.

The final decision to take enforcement action will be made under delegated authority or by the council’s planning committee.