Planning enforcement

We are the planning enforcement authority for minerals and waste development in East Sussex. The district and borough and councils also have some responsibility for planning enforcement but any minerals or waste queries including reporting potential breaches, should start with us.

We can take action to stop works and restore land to its previous condition where:

  • waste or minerals development or operations are taking place without planning permission
  • the terms of a planning permission already granted are being breached.

All other breaches of planning control, are the responsibility of the relevant district or borough council.

The Government’s Planning Practice Guidance (Enforcement and post-permission matters) provides a good summary of what our enforcement powers are, how and when we should (and shouldn’t) use them, and the tools that are available to us to deal with breaches of planning control.

If you suspect that there has been a breach of planning control please inform us using our online form.