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Planning Enforcement: Ashford Borough Council

Planning Enforcement

Report a planning breach - Find planning enforcement orders - Further information - Contact us

Planning enforcement may be necessary when planning rules are not followed. Breaking these rules or a ‘breach’ may involve:

  • buildings being put up without planning permission or not being built as shown on the plan that has been approved
  • the use of a property changing without planning permission
  • a development being carried out without following the conditions of the planning permission

These planning breaches are not illegal. These will be investigated and if it is in the public interest, action may be taken.

If what is being carried out on the site is acceptable the council can consider it and grant a retrospective permission.

Other breaches such as:

  • altering the inside or outside of a listed building without permission
  • felling protected trees or taking out protected hedges

can be illegal and lead to prosecution in the courts.

We will handle enforcement in accordance with our agreed Enforcement Policy. We have produced simplified diagrams showing the investigation and negotiation [pdf] 48KB and the formal action and remedying breach [pdf] 43KB parts of the enforcement process.

Report it stamp. Grunge effect circular blue stamp with 'Report it!' in burnt orange across the middle and 'working together to make the borough a better place' in grey in a circle inside the stamp.Report a planning breach

If you wish to report a planning breach, please complete our suspected planning breach report form which will reach us more quickly and save paper.


Find existing planning enforcement orders

You can search enforcement orders to see if any affect your property or properties near you.

Further planning enforcement information downloads

Download Planning enforcement policy (October 2016) [pdf] 355KB

Enforcement guide to our approach [pdf] 326KB

Planning enforcement: Investigation and negotiation - simplified process diagram [pdf] 48KB

Planning enforcement: Formal action and remedying breach leaflet - simplified process diagram [pdf] 43KB

What happens after I have complained? [pdf] 125KB

What happens if you carry out work without permission? [pdf] 325KB

Contact us

In person
Civic Centre, Ashford or Tenterden Gateway.

Email planning enforcement

By letter
Planning enforcement
Ashford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Kent TN23 1PL

01233 331111


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