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Report a planning breach

We have the power to enforce planning laws in our area. These powers are wide and varied and ensure that breaches of planning control are investigated and appropriate action taken to secure compliance with planning law. 

Effective and proper enforcement of planning control is essential to protect the local environment and the interests of residents, visitors and businesses, from the harmful effects of unauthorised development.

If you have concerns about building works, or a use of land or buildings, being carried out without consent, please tell us about them by using the forms for the relevant area below.

Before you report a suspected breach you should check the following;

If planning permission has been granted, or the works are within permitted development and the works are being carried out in accordance with that consent, we will not be able to take any action.

Most breaches of planning control are dealt with informally through co-operation with the landowner or developer. The usual route is that they remove unauthorised buildings, stop unauthorised uses, or submit a retrospective planning application to regularise the situation. Enforcement procedures should not be used to settle disputes between neighbours or other parties.

The identity of the complainant remains confidential in all enforcement cases.

We have the power to enforce planning laws within Lewes district and the South Downs National Park.

You can report a suspected breach by using the form below. We can only investigate alleged breaches of planning control if they are made in writing.

The Enforcement Policy Statement below outlines more information on how we investigate possible breaches of planning control and what action we can take to remedy the breach.

You can report a suspected breach by contacting us directly. 

Please read our Enforcement Policy Statement below, for more information in on how we investigate possible breaches of planning control.

Planning Enforcement Policy Statement - Adopted March 2017.pdf

Planning Enforcement Policy Statement - Adopted March 2017.pdf
Summary: Planning Enforcement Policy Statement
File Size: 1.54MB
File Type: application/pdf
Created: 28 April 2017
Last Modified: 28 April 2017