The investigation

How long will the investigation take?

An enforcement investigation can be a lengthy and complex process. The time taken to determine each case will vary depending on the site, the people involved, and the type of breach.

We will provide an update to the complainant at key stages in the investigation and when significant progress has been made. The complainant and site owner/occupier will also be notified of the outcome of the investigation once the case has been closed.

The planning enforcement specialists aim to carry out initial site visits as listed below:

  • Priority 1 cases on the same or next working day
  • Priority 2 cases within 10 working days
  • Priority 3 cases within 20 working days
  • Priority 4 cases if necessary following a desktop assessment