Planning enforcement

Report a breach of County Council Minerals and Waste planning permission or unauthorised development 

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District council for housing and commercial premises


Our responsibilities

Unauthorised developments

This can include:

  • tipping of waste on land
  • storage and sorting of waste

Breaches of planning conditions

This can include:

  • lorries leaving mud on roads 
  • tipping of waste above approved levels
  • sites not being properly restored


What action can we take?

We try to resolve through voluntary agreement, if this fails, we have powers to take these actions:

  • Planning contravention notice - Served on landowners/operators to obtain information about a suspected breach of planning control. This is then used to decide whether further action is required. Failure to reply to the notice is a criminal offence and can lead to a fine.
  • Breach of condition notice - Requires an operator/landowner to comply with planning permission conditions which they have breached. There is no right of appeal and failure to comply could result in prosecution.
  • Enforcement notice - Used when a serious breach of planning control has occurred. The person served with the notice has 30 days to appeal against the notice. An appeal is heard by an independent Inspector. If the appeal is dismissed or no appeal is made then failure to comply with the requirements of the notice is a criminal offence. This could lead to prosecution.
  • Stop notice - This is issued alongside an enforcement notice and requires a particularly harmful activity eg waste disposal, to stop. Non compliance with a stop notice is an offence.
  • Injunction - This is sought in the County or High Court to restrain people from carrying out or continuing to breach planning controls. The contravention of an this Order is a Contempt of Court and the Court can levy an unlimited fine or impose a custodial sentence.
  • Direct action - If a person continues to or cannot comply with the notice. We can enter the land and do the work in compliance with a notice. The cost will be charged to the landowner.


Local Monitoring and Enforcement Plan

The County Planning Authority have produced a Local Monitoring and Enforcement Plan (LMEP). This is in accordance with the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) & Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan (BMWLP).

The LMEP sets out the authorities' plan to manage enforcement matters proactively; in a way that is appropriate to Buckinghamshire. The LMEP sets out how Buckinghamshire County Council will monitor the implementation of planning permissions, investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and take action where appropriate.

The LMEP was approved at Development Control Committee on the 4 November 2019.


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