The planning enforcement team is tasked to control unauthorised activity and to remedy the effect of unauthorised development.
Possible breaches of planning control can include:
- development being carried out without the required planning permission or consent
- unauthorised changes of use of land or buildings
- failure to comply with conditions attached to a planning permission or consent
- departures from approved plans or consent.
Planning enforcement is a discretionary power of the Council. This means that the Council can decide in certain cases that no action is needed, for example where there is a relatively trivial breach of planning control which does not raise any significant planning issues.
We have produced a detailed guide to the planning enforcement powers available to Midlothian Council.
Making a planning enforcement enquiry
Planning enforcement enquiries are only accepted in writing using the form provided below. If you wish to fill in the form using a word processor then please download the Microsoft Word version of the form.
The Planning Enforcement Register
The planning authority is required to keep a publically available register of served planning enforcement notices.