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Information Leaflet 10: A Guide to Enforcement

As stated above, where it has been established that a breach of planning control has taken place, the Department has the discretion to take enforcement action where it regards it as expedient to do so. The action that will be taken will be commensurate with the harm being caused. Where the proposed works/development cause significant harm to the environment, the notice served may require the cessation of works or the removal of buildings and the restoration of land to its original state. Contravention of such a notice is an offence.
Where an offence has occurred, the Department will normally pursue court action. On summary conviction, the owner/occupier of the land is liable to a fine with the potential for continuing daily fines. At present, the maximum level of fines that may be imposed on summary conviction is £30,000. The Department will also seek to recover legal costs.
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