Planning Enforcement

We regulate the development and use of land to ensure changes to our physical surroundings are appropriate for their purpose and location. Any unauthorised development will be subject to appropriate enforcement action.

Planning system is to protect the environment

The purpose of the planning system is to protect the environment and the interests of the public. It is not designed to protect the interests of one person over another.

What is a breach of planning control?

Generally, a breach of control is the carrying out of development without the required permission and failing to comply with any condition or limitation of planning permission. 

 What will we do?

  • The planning history of the site will be checked and if the alleged breach is found to have approval, you will be notified accordingly.
  • If it is necessary to visit the site, the visit will normally be made in accordance with the procedure set out in the enforcement policy.
  • If the matter cannot be resolved by negotiation then formal action (Requisition for information/Planning Contravention Notice, Breach of Condition Notice, Enforcement Notice, Stop Notice, Injunctions) may follow.

If you are concerned over a particular development then please contact us with as much information as possible or complete the Breach of planning complaint form and posting it to South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT or email

Anonymous complaints will not be prioritised. Please note we do not investigate neighbour or boundary disputes.