We investigate and enforce alleged breaches of planning control.
Where allegations are made that a development has been carried out without planning permission, or that conditions attached to a planning consent are not being complied with, we will investigate and seek to resolve any breaches of planning control that may have occurred. We support good neighbour relations and attempt to resolve issues by negotiation and only resort to taking formal action if other approaches have failed.
The purpose of planning enforcement is to resolve a problem which has arisen because of unauthorised development rather than punish a mistake; we will not always take action if no harm is being caused by development, regardless of the need for planning permission.
The planning enforcement team has powers to investigate:
- Development carried out without planning permission
- Breaches of conditions of planning consents
- Other planning matters which give rise to concern over residential amenity
- Unauthorised works to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order
- Unauthorised works to a listed building
- Unauthorised advertisements (note - we don't control the content, wording or images used in an advertisement. For that you will need to contact the Advertising Standards Authority.)
What the planning enforcement team cannot investigate:
- Land ownership and boundary issues - these are not planning matters, and are normally dealt with by a solicitor. If the property is owned by the council, you should contact Property Services.
- Issues not covered by planning legislation, such as noise. If we receive a complaint which is better dealt with by another service in the council or an external agency, we will pass it on to the appropriate service.
Report a breach of planning control
If you think that a breach of planning control has occurred and you would like us to investigate, please use the Enforcement Complaint form.
If you prefer you can write to us at: Planning Services (Enforcement), West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF.
Part IV of the Town and Country Planning (Enforcement of Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 1992 normally require hard copies of planning application files and lists of cases to be made available for public inspection and copying. On 11 May 2020 the council resolved under section 7 of and paragraph 10(2) of Schedule 6 to the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 to suspend that duty during the coronavirus emergency period. Instead, copies will be made available on request by electronic means or by post. Any requests for inspection must be made by emailing email@example.com .