The enforcement policy provides guidance to officers, businesses and the general public on the range of options that are available to achieve compliance with legislation enforced by North Lincolnshire Council Technical and Environment Services.
Our primary objective is to achieve regulatory compliance. We recognise that prevention is better than cure, but where it becomes necessary to take formal action against a business, or member of the public, we will do so. There is a wide range of tools available to us as an enforcement agency, with prosecution being the most serious. We will always choose an enforcement method that is relevant and proportionate to the offence or contravention. We will also take account of an individual’s or a business’s past history when making our decision.
The policy is built around a process of escalation. We will only prosecute in circumstances where a defendant had acted wilfully and where their actions are likely to cause material loss or harm to others, or where they have ignored or are likely to ignore, written warnings or formal notices, endangered, to a serious degree, the health, safety or well being of people, animals or the environment, or assaulted or obstructed an officer in the course of their duties.
Enforcement Policy [PDF, 74Kb]