Report a breach of planning control


Planning permission is often required for development. The carrying out of development without planning permission or the failure to comply with the conditions attached to a planning permission is a breach in planning law. The Planning Service will investigate whether planning permission is required, however it should borne in mind that not all development requires permission, as sometimes development is time-barred from enforcement action and therefore the Council does not have powers to act in such circumstances. Where necessary and appropriate in the public interest, the Council may take enforcement action when breaches in planning law have taken place.

The power to take enforcement action is discretionary. The purpose of planning enforcement is to resolve the breach in planning law in the interests of the local community, particularly when the breach causes unacceptable harm to public amenity. The planning system does not exist to protect the interests of one person or business against the activities of another. Planning enforcement is not intended to be a punitive process. A number of considerations require to be taken into account before the Council decides what course of action to take. The Council will prioritise its resources appropriately and consider the level of harm caused by the unauthorised development on the local community.

The Council has an enforcement charter which sets out in more detail the enforcement process, the way to make a complaint about an enforcement matter and what happens during the enforcement process.

In accordance with statutory requirements, the Planning Service maintains a register of planning enforcement cases. The full version of the register may be viewed, by appointment, at the Planning Service offices, Burns House, 16 Burns Statue Square, Ayr, during normal office hours.