Common land guidance sheet 12: enforcement against unlawful works

Enforcement against unlawful works on common land, including enforcement powers, mediation and action by commoners.


Enforcement against unlawful works on common land: common land guidance sheet 12

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This guidance sheet contains information on:

  • enforcement powers and unlawful works, including:
    • controls over works on common land
    • what power of enforcement is there
    • when did this power come into effect
    • how do I know what works are allowed on common land
    • who decides whether works are unlawful under section 38
    • does the enforcement power only apply to cases where consent is needed under section 38
  • mediation
    • what can I do if I think that works have been constructed unlawfully
    • what is the process for taking court action
  • others who might take action
    • do I have to do all this myself or is there someone who can help me
  • action by commoners
    • what can commoners do to protect their rights
Published 1 January 2015