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Dealing with Planning Pre Enforcement Notice Letters

What is a pre-enforcement notice letter?

A pre-enforcement notice letter is sent by the local authority to a property owner/landowner/occupier, informing them that there is a perceived breach in planning consent. These letters can look very formal and be very unnerving to receive.

Usually, a pre-enforcement notice will ask you to take action within a set amount of time (for example, 28 days). If you fail to do so, an enforcement notice will be issued. These notices will sometimes state that failure to comply is an offense and that you can be fined tens of thousands of pounds should you fail to act.

What should I do if I receive a pre-enforcement notice letter?

A planning enforcement notice is a very serious matter as it is classed as a criminal matter, so it must not be ignored. Whatever you do, don’t put the letter on the side and forget about it. We at HEAL Planning Appeals are well placed to handle these matters on your behalf. Not only do we have an in-house planning team, but we also have an in-house legal team.

In many circumstances, we are able to work with the local authority and prevent an enforcement notice from being served, or at least delay it while we attempt to resolve the matter. That’s the benefit of having a legal team alongside a planning team.

At HEAL we are able to offer a fixed fee pricing solution for many of our clients for enforcement notice-related work. This prevents the worry that costs could spiral as the case progresses.

Contact us today for your free no-obligation consultation. Our team of professionals will run through your specific case and provide guidance accordingly.

We look forward to speaking soon and helping you to resolve your issue.

How can I book a free enforcement notice appeal consultation?

To book your Free No Obligation Pre-Enforcement Notice Appeal Consultation with a member of our team, simply get in touch with us. We will then schedule a telephone call at a time to suit you. A consultation will usually take between 30 and 45 minutes depending upon the nature and number of the issues involved.

Tel: 01743 369911


Our team will require the following information so they can do some research prior to the consultation.

1) A copy of the enforcement notice you have received
2) Date notice issued
3) If it is connected to any planning application, we will need the reference number of that planning application.
4) How long have you been given to comply or appeal?
5) Any useful background information

Once you have had your pre-enforcement notice free no-obligation consultation with a member of our team, we will send you an email with our proposal for a plan of action.

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