11. Enforcement Activity
Enforcement covers the actions that can be taken when developments happen without permission or when conditions have not been followed. There can be a variety of actions that are taken. Authorities have powers to serve notices asking for more information about a development. They can stop a development that does not have permission, or where the development does not follow the conditions attached to the permission which was granted. The Authority can also issue a fixed penalty or refer the matter to the Procurator Fiscal.
The total number of enforcement cases taken up in 2016/17 was 5,524. Of these cases there were 542 notices served, with 4 being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and 2 cases resulting in prosecution. In 2015/16 there were 5,475 cases taken up, 495 notices served, 2 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 2 cases resulting in prosecution. ( Annual, 2016/17: Table 32)
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