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Enforcement and monitoring


All planning applications and enforcement in respect of residential development and business needs are dealt with by local district, borough and city councils. You should contact them directly.

Devon County Council has a duty to control development associated with:

  • mineral extraction and processing
  • the management of waste
  • the County Council’s own development.

Because development can gain immunity from enforcement action over time, we encourage you to report suspected breaches of planning control, relating to permitted sites and unauthorised development or activity, as soon as possible.

Important: Before reporting a suspected breach of planning control please ensure Devon County Council are the appropriate planning authority.

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Please note that anonymous complaints will only be investigated in exceptional circumstances and will not be treated as priority. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, we will not disclose any information relating to the identity of a complainant.


The County Council carry out monitoring visits for all mineral and landfill sites to ensure compliance with the terms of their planning permissions and produce Monitoring reports.

For more information on enforcement and monitoring please read our Monitoring and Enforcement Plan.