Planning enforcement

​​We are currently unable to accept postal reports due to the COVID-19 situation. Please submit a report online  below. Please note our ability to safely make site visits may also be affected.


Planning enforcement deals with and investigates any alleged reported breaches of planning.

What is a planning breach?

A breach in planning is when any work is done without the right planning permission, or doesn’t meet conditions we’ve set when the planning permission was agreed.

What Planning Enforcement can investigate

What Planning Enforcement cannot investigate

Development consisting the change of use of land/buildings without planning consent

Boundary wall disputes and other land ownership issues

Works to Listed Buildings without consent

Legal covenants

Any activity giving rise to direct or indirect damage to protected trees or qualifying trees in conservation areas*

Devaluation of property

Non-compliance with conditions attached to planning permissions

Obstructions, parking and traffic*

Unauthorised building works and/or engineering works

Graffiti and anti-social behaviour*

Neglect to land or buildings which harm local amenity

Unsafe structures*

Display of unlawful advertisements


* trees over 75mm in diameter measured at a height of 1.5 metres from ground level are protected

*we may be able to deal with these matters using other powers including highways, anti-social behaviour and building regulations legislation.

More information on what is a planning breach


How to report a potential planning breach to us

Report it online

The simplest way to report a potential planning breach is by completing an online report form - you will need to sign-up/login to your Redbridge account (alternatively you can send your report by email to This will allow us to keep you updated on the progress of the investigation.

We will take your report seriously and we will keep you informed of the progress of the investigation.

Any details submitted to the Council in relation to an enforcement report will be treated in the strictest confidence. The Council will not reveal the identity of the informant to an owner or responsible party(s).

Unfortunately we cannot accept telephone or anonymous reports.


Planning Enforcement and Direct Action Policy

The Council’s Planning Enforcement Policy was adopted in 2017 and provides clear and transparent guidance on how the Council will deal with planning breaches.

The Policy details the main issues surrounding Planning Enforcement and the challenges faced. It includes information about how to make your planning enforcement complaint, what can be investigated and what you can expect from the service.

The Policy also provides guidance on how we will use ‘direct action’ to resolve long-standing planning breaches. Where appropriate, we will be able to enter land to correct a breach and this could involve demolition of unlawful structures.

In these instances the Council will seek to recover any costs incurred from the responsible parties. The option of this direct action will be used alongside prosecution and/or injunctions to resolve enforcement cases in a timely manner.

You can find out more information by looking at the Policy Document and the accompanying process map which shows the Council’s approach to dealing with enforcement enquiries.


We are currently unable to accept postal reports due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We can only accept online or email ( reports.



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