If you intend to make alterations or material change to your property or premises, you will need to first ensure that where necessary, you gain planning permission from Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).
Although breaching planning control is not normally considered a criminal offence, it is a criminal offence to display unauthorised advertisements, or work on a listed building or protected trees without permission.
Search the enforcement database
You can search MVDC's Enforcement database to view Enforcement Notices issued since 1st January 2000, or view Appeal Documents and Appeal Decision Notices where an appeal has been made against an enforcement.
Report a Planning Breach
If you suspect that a development or material change of use is going on without planning permission, you can ask MVDC to investigate.
You can also download the Planning Breach Investigation Form (see 'Downloads') and return it by emailing email@example.com or by post to Enforcement Officer, Planning Department, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ.
Alternatively, email all relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name, address, telephone number, and details of the suspected breach.
Disclosure of information
Please note that every effort is made to safeguard the confidentiality of any private individual who reports a potential breach of planning control. If an appeal is made to an enforcement notice, the complainant will be notified and asked if they wish to submit additional representations, or appear independently at a public inquiry or hearing in support of MVDC's case.
Representations from local people are often crucial to MVDC's success on appeal but, at this stage, any representations may be made public during an inquiry/hearing.
MVDC is also obliged to disclose certain information if requested. You should indicate on your complaint form whether or not you agree to your identity potentially being disclosed.
Local Enforcement Plan
A Local Enforcement Plan has been adopted by MVDC (see 'Downloads'). The Plan shows how planning enforcement will be carried out, including how planning permissions will be monitored and how alleged breaches of planning control will be investigated. The Plan also describes the range of enforcement tools available to MVDC to resolve enforcement issues.