Planning enforcement

Planning Control is a process which regulates the development and use of land to ensure that changes to our physical surroundings - buildings and land - are appropriate for their purposes and location. Planning enforcement investigate alleged breaches of planning control.

If you suspect a breach of planning control has occurred you can complete our online form. We cannot accept verbal or anonymous complaints. Once received, your complaint will be acknowledged. Investigations will be carried out and you will be notified what action if any is or will be taken:

Formal action

Generally this is the issue of a formal notice, such as:

These notices require the provision of information or require works to be carried out or an activity to cease in order to remedy a breach of planning control.

Once a notice is served

The requirements, which are stated in the notice, must be complied with. OR where appropriate an appeal made against the notice - but some notices cannot be appealed against.

Illegal breach of planning control

There are instances, which constitute an offence triable in the Courts, such as,

How the Council handles a breach of control

Its purpose is to protect and enhance the environment in which we live and work and aims to resolve breaches of planning control, where possible, without the need for formal enforcement proceedings. However, Taunton Deane Borough Council will not condone wilful breaches of planning legislation and will exercise its discretion to take, when expedient, appropriate enforcement action. Complainants should also be aware that it might not, for a variety of reasons, be appropriate to take action in every case. The Council has an equal duty to both a complainant and the alleged offender and seeks to address any issues fairly and without bias. If you are not happy with the way the matter has been handled the Council has its own complaints procedure OR you can report the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman. 

What the Council will not do

There are circumstances where the Council may choose not to use its enforcement powers. These areas include:

When a complaint is received which relates to one or more of the above areas or is assessed to be about a matter which is not covered by the scope of the planning system we will write to the complainant and explain why the Council cannot get involved.

Related information

Planning enforcement notices

Check planning enforcement notices served

Check online