The enforcement of planning decisions is the responsibility of the Planning Authority, which has wide enforcement powers to ensure development is carried out in conformity with planning permission and to halt and rectify unauthorised development. However, any legal action must be started within seven years of the breach of the planning laws taking place.
Care should be taken to ensure that each condition of a permission is fully complied with, in order to avoid incurring such action, and also to avoid difficulties when the property is being sold at a later date
Unauthorised Development is development and / or use of a structure that is in breach of the Planning Laws. We have a responsibility to ensure enforcement of the planning laws known as Planning Enforcement.
If you are concerned about a development near you which you think does not have planning permission, please tell us.
Before you ask us to investigate any possible unauthorised development, use the online planning portal to check if the development has planning permission, or if it has conditions attached.
You can complete our online form to report unauthorised development and ask us to investigate.