Three stages have to be gone through before an enforcement notice is validly served.
- The authority needs to formally resolve to serve an enforcement notice. This decision can be made by one of its committees, usually the Planning Committee, or by a senior officer who has been given power to authorise such notices.
- Issue the enforcement notice, i.e. effectively draft it.
- Serve copies of it on relevant parties, i.e. the owner and occupiers and any other person with an interested in the land, e.g. a bank or building society with a mortgage. This has to be done within 28 days of the notice being issued. Service can be by various methods, e.g. sending it by recorded delivery, hand delivering it to the relevant address, etc. Service should be completed on all parties within 28 days of the notice being issued.