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Planning Enforcement and Development Monitoring

The enforcement and monitoring functions are integral to the planning service which manages land-use and built development in the National Park. 

What We Do

Our Enforcement Officer investigates possible breaches of planning control and seeks remedial action where necessary, and our Monitoring Officer checks that planning permissions are being complied with.  
Planning permission is needed for most building works or other operations including alterations to buildings and changes in the use of land. Listed Building Consent is needed for any works (including internal) that affect the character of a listed building and Consent to Display an Advertisement is needed for many types of signage. 
If the appropriate permission or consent is not obtained then there may be a breach of planning control or even an offence.
Enforcement is largely complaint or inquiry driven but Monitoring is directed specifically at those developments that have permission.
Owners and developers are responsible for complying with the approved plans and planning conditions and must send in notices to inform us when they intend to begin work and when work is completed. This enables us to monitor the development being undertaken in the National Park. 
For more information see our advice leaflet A Guide to Planning Enforcement and Monitoring.

New Government Legislation

As of 1 April 2014 legislation called the High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 has been enacted.  It allows householders to apply to their local authority for a high hedge notice where they:

i) believe the enjoyment of their property is being adversely affected by a neighbour’s hedge by reason of it forming a barrier to light; and

ii) have tried to resolve the problem with their neighbour. 

Government guidance on the pre-application requirements and a generic application form can be found at

Any application made must be to the local authority and not to the National Park Authority, including for high hedges lying within the National Park. Your local authority will have more information, please follow the links below to the local authority websites.

Stirling Council
Perth & Kinross Council
Argyll & Bute Council
West Dunbartonshire Council

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

All enquiries relating to enforcement or the monitoring of approved development should be addressed to:
Sue Laverge, Enforcement Officer or Ed Swales, Monitoring Officer,
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Planning Services, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG.

Alternatively, you can contact our Planning Information Officer on 01389 722024 and ask to speak to our Enforcement team. Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
We are committed to providing an excellent service to our customers and our Enforcement Charter provides details of our enforcement service standards.