Planning enforcement

Our planning enforcement service deals with unauthorised building works and breaches of planning control. In order to assist you in establishing whether or not the necessary permissions have been obtained, you should carry out an initial search of the property, before completing the online form.  This will allow us to better direct resources should further action be required.

You can search for property addresses for planning permissions and/ or building warrants using the search facility on our website.

There are many occasions when no formal planning permission or a building warrant is required because the development being undertaken is considered to be permitted development under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (as amended), or in the case of building works to a dwelling, the development is considered permitted under Section 0.3 and 0.5 of the Building Standards Technical handbook 2019.

Where you have a concern(s) that works may be being carried out without the necessary consents, and having checked the planning applications or building warrant website as detailed above, you should review the information contained within the Scottish Government website and the Building Standards Technical Handbook 2019.

Reporting works

Having reviewed this information and you remain concerned that works are unauthorised and should therefore benefit from the necessary consents, you can report an issue online.

Note: No reply will be provided to general questions.

Enforcement register

  • you can view enforcement cases from 2012 onwards using our online server, which allows you to search by keyword, reference number, postcode or address
  • for details of enforcement notices prior to 2012 view the enforcement register which contains a list of addresses where there has been a breach of planning control
Report works online View enforcement cases online Read the Planning and Building Standards Enforcement Charter and guide

Planning enforcement

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 0300 100 1800

Fax: 01835 825158