Harrow's planning enforcement team investigates a range of breaches, including:
- unauthorised development, such as building works, changes to the use of a property, 'engineering operations' (eg. substantial earthworks)
- unauthorised advertisements
- works to listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas
- breaches of conditions attached to planning permissions
- breaches of extant Enforcement Notices and Stop Notices
- High Hedges (dealt with under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003)
- untidy land
- breaches of Tree Preservation Orders
Some problems will be more appropriately dealt with by other sections within the Council, such as Environmental Health, Building Control, or Highways Enforcement. Where appropriate, complainants will be directed to the relevant section.
It is important to note that civil disputes between neighbours, such as boundary disputes, cannot be dealt with by the planning enforcement service.
Some minor forms of development are allowed without express planning permission or consent being granted by the council (except where such rights have been explicitly withdrawn).
Permitted development rights
More information on 'permitted development' rights can be found on the Planning Portal website. Additionally, some works do not require planning permission at all. These include internal works to buildings (except listed buildings).
Planning enforcement teamAddress: Planning Services
3rd Floor, North Wing