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Enforcement appeals

This advice is important to you. If you have already been served with a copy of an enforcement notice, please read this immediately.

This information, prepared by the Planning Inspectorate, is meant to help anyone served with a copy of an enforcement notice to decide whether there are grounds for appeal to the Secretary of State and if so how to appeal. The Secretary of State responsible is the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

This advice is not part of the enforcement notice. It is based on the relevant provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. More comprehensive information about the policy for enforcing planning control can be found in Planning Policy Guidance Note 18 (PPG 18) issued by the former Department of the Environment and the former Welsh Office in December 1991. Detailed advice on planning enforcement provisions is contained in former DOE Circular 10/97 (see related links).

There are new rules for enforcement notices and appeals. The procedures relating to appeals are outlined in the headings [on the left]. See [related links] for copies of the Stautory Instruments and circular.

In Wales,some of the rules for enforcement appeals are different. Please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s guide.