The planning system controls the development and use of land in the public interest, and the enforcement of planning control is a fundamental part of the planning system.

How to report a breach of planning control

You can report a breach of Planning control by completing our Planning Enforcement form.

Report an enforcement issue

It is important when reporting a breach to provide an accurate location and provide as much information as possible in relation to the breach.

Your contact details are also required to convey information on progress in the case. Providing an email address will enable us to contact you more quickly should we need to do so.

Once the report has been logged you will receive an acknowledgement, usually within five working days.

In most cases a site visit will be conducted and investigations carried out.

Depending on the nature of the breach, you may be requested to provide further information, for example, in relation to times and dates of further activity at the site, the presence of any vehicles.

Due to the differing nature of breaches of planning control, the time taken to reach a decision regarding a breach can vary significantly. The officer dealing with the case will be able to advise you of likely timescales and we will endeavour to keep you informed of progress at key milestones during the investigations.

Local Enforcement Plan

The framework within which Planning Enforcement operates in Preston is set out in the Icon for pdf Local Enforcement Plan [93.21KB].

Public Register of Planning Enforcement Action

The Preston City Council Public Register Of Planning Enforcement Action includes details of all Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices and Breach of Condition Notices and Planning Enforcement Orders served within Preston Borough since 1970.

As the local planning authority, we must maintain a Public Register of all Planning Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices, Breach of Condition Notices and Planning Enforcement Orders served within Preston since 1970, as required by:

The Public Register

It is important that details of the following actions are recorded on the Public Register as soon as possible:

  • planning enforcement notices
  • stop notices
  • breach of condition notices
  • planning enforcement orders

Public Register Of Planning Enforcement Action since 1970

Search the Public Register Enforcement Notice

The notices are organised according to the year we received the enforcement complaint.

Please Note: The public registers do not provide details of planning enforcement cases where a notice has not been served.