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What is an enforcement notice?

An enforcement notice is a notice served against unauthorised development requiring the unauthorised development to be demolished or the unauthorised use to cease, for example. It should include:

  1. A statement of what the alleged breach of planning control
  2. Whether the breach is one where the enforcement notice has to be issued within 4 years or 10 years.
  3. Steps which have to be taken to comply with it.
  4. The date on which the notice takes effect.
  5. A period for compliance.
  6. The reasons why the authority is serving the notice.
  7. The policies in the authority's Development Plan relevant to the decision to issue the notice.
  8. The precise boundaries of the land to which it relates. This is normally done using a map.
  9. Details of appeal rights.
  10. A list of the names and addresses of the people on whom it has been served.
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