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Planning enforcement team

Covid-19 update

As with a number of organisations we are constantly monitoring the health of our staff and the services that can be provided due to the Covid-19 virus .

Whilst every effort is being made to plan for running as normal a service as possible we will have to, if as predicted, reduce the service provided and prioritise our workloads as staffing levels reduce.

In advance can we thank you for your patience when emailing and/or phoning the office. We will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as efficiently as possible with the resources available.

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.

Civil disputes

It is important to note that civil disputes between neighbours, such as boundary disputes, cannot be dealt with by the planning enforcement service.

Minor development

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express planning permission or consent being granted by the council (except where such rights have been explicitly withdrawn).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).