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 2017/18 was 5,309. Of these cases there were 546 notices served, with 6 being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and 1 case resulting in prosecution. In 2016/17 there were 5,524 cases taken up, 542 notices served, 4 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 2 cases resulting in prosecution ( Annual, 2017/18: Table 32).