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Reporting an alleged breach of planning control

Report an alleged breach of planning control

When notifying us of a possible breach, it is important to provide as much information as possible, together with photographs where appropriate. This information should include:

  • the date on which the activity or building work commenced

  • the exact address of the site complained about, as well as the location of the activity or building on the land. A sketch plan is often helpful.

  • details of the alleged offender

  • details of the nature of the activity, including number of vehicular movements and registration numbers

  • details of the effect that the alleged breach is having upon your amenities. For example noise, traffic, smells, overshadowing, out of character with the area

You must also provide your contact details so we can contact you to inform you of the progress of the investigation.

We will not investigate an anonymous complaint.

Please note: our enforcement files are confidential. However, if formal action is taken it may not be possible for us to keep your complaint confidential.

We take all allegations of possible breaches of planning control seriously.

We will investigate complaints as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

If we consider the breach to be more serious we will investigate it immediately, such as a potential threat to a listed building or protected trees.

Subject to the availability of staff and the priority given to all other cases, we will try to undertake an initial site investigation within 10 working days.

Find out more about how long the enforcement process takes [PDF, 25Kb]

The enforcement team holds an online enforcement register of all enforcement notices, stop notices and breach of condition notices served by North Lincolnshire Council.

View online enforcement register

It can also be viewed in our office at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays, other than bank holidays.

Note: this information is updated within one working day of a notice being served.  Access to the actual Enforcement Notice is available within five working days.

Find out what is a breach of planning control [PDF, 30Kb]

To find out more about the council’s powers on taking action over your breaches [PDF, 28Kb].

Find out more about how you can help the council’s planning enforcement team to protect the character of North Lincolnshire by reporting an alleged breach of planning [PDF, 36Kb].

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Contact details


01724 297493

01724 297995

01724 297996

The Planning Enforcement Team
Planning and Regeneration
Civic Centre
Ashby Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 16/08/2016
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