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Planning Enforcement (NAPE)

National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE)

Planning enforcement officers provide a critical function at the sharp end of the planning system. The primary purpose of the network is to promote and enhance the role of planning enforcement within the planning profession.

NAPE's priorities are to:
  • campaign to include enforcement considerations in shaping planning policy and practice
  • collating views from members to help RTPI respond to consultations from government
  • promote the professional recognition of enforcement
  • encourage networking through local groups in all regions to lessen feelings of isolation
  • disseminate good practice and share knowledge and expertise
  • identify existing training provision and lobby for better and appropriate resource
  • The NAPE Terms of Reference can be found here

The NAPE network is an essential resource for anyone working in planning enforcement. It can be joined from any of the RTPI membership classes.

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Development Management & Enforcement

Management Committee Elections

The Management Committee has received two nominations for the London and East of England representative position, and two nominations for the Scotland representative position. Consequently, NAPE members located in Scotland, London or the East of England can now vote for their preferred candidate.

Further information about each of the candidates is provided below:

The election will close on 5 February 2020 at 11:59pm, following which all newly and re-elected members of the Management Committee will be announced.

Any vote submitted by a non NAPE member or a NAPE member external to the applicable regions will be deemed invalid and discounted.





A monthly news bulletin including enforcement news, planning law updates, details of upcoming events, publications, requests for advice or assistance from other members, and RTPI information of specific interest and relevance.

Annual Conference

One of the most important dates in the calendar of any enforcement officer. The annual NAPE conference is free to NAPE members and usually a sell-out success.

Presentations for the 2019 Conference in Peterborough on 6 November can be accessed below:

LinkedIn Group

NAPE members have access to this online forum specifically developed for enforcement officers. Sign up and join discussions now!

Training and CPD

RTPI regularly runs enforcement related CPD events and day long training workshops. Keep an eye out on the RTPI calendar for upcoming events

Enforcement Handbook

The Enforcement Handbook is for use by planning enforcement officers in England and Wales and is a resource for NAPE members.

The NAPE handbook for England is currently being updated ahead of being re-launched later in 2020. 

Regional Management Committee

We have a Management Committee with Regional Representatives in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the North, the Midlands, South East, South West, London and East. 

See the 2018 Annual Report here


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